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New CDIA Project Coordinator for China Now Onboard

April 25, 2017


Ms. Chenzi Yiyang joined CDIA on 14 April 2017 as the Project Coordinator for China. As such, she will coordinate and manage CDIA’s activities in China in close cooperation with CDIA’s core management team (CMT) and its Senior Project Development Officer in China.

Project Preparation Study for the Tbilisi Metro Upgrade Underway

April 25, 2017


TBILISI, GEORGIA – CDIA’s Project Preparation Study (PPS) for the Tbilisi Metro System Upgrade kicked-off in late February 2017; and is targeting the modernization of the facility and the improvement of its operation to meet present day technical, operational, safety and accessibility standards. The project is envisaged to facilitate a shift to sustainable urban mobility in the Tbilisi urban area.

UCLG-ASPAC Undertakes Comparative Study on Institutional Frameworks of Local Governments in Asia

April 24, 2017


At its regional meeting held 4 April 2017 in Catbalogan City, Philippines, UCLG-ASPAC presented the preliminary results of the study on institutional frameworks of local governments in 30 Asian countries, of which CDIA supported the national assessments of China and Mongolia.

Invitation to Join the E-Learning Course on Sustainable Urban Mobility in Developing Countries

April 21, 2017


GIZ, in partnership with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is inviting urban and transport planners, decision makers from local governments, and international organizations involved in the transport sector worldwide to register for the Sustainable Urban Mobility in Developing Countries E-learning Course from 8 May – 31 July 2017.

Rawalpindi-Islamabad Metro Bus Offers Fast, Affordable and Convenient Ride for Commuters

April 20, 2017


Metro bus has made it very easy for me to go to university. Even if I have evening classes, I’m not scared to travel alone.”

This was how University student Ayesha Iftikhar described her experience riding the Rawalpindi-Islamabad Metro Bus in Pakistan, a bus rapid transit (BRT) system that CDIA helped to plan in 2012.

CDIA’s Strategy Retreat Focuses on Transition to CDIA 2.0

April 17, 2017


Staff members of CDIA gathered together for a two-day strategy and team building retreat on 30-31 March 2017 at Batangas Country Club in Batangas City, Philippines.

Heritage Works!

March 27, 2017


Owing to decades of military rule, Yangon in Myanmar is the only Asian city with a largely intact historic core. Given the speed of modernization, there is only a small window of opportunity to preserve the unique character and history of the city before it is lost.
Margaret Brooke and Ester van Steekelenburg, former CDIA consultants took the chance to advocate for the conservation of Yangon’s historic core when they presented the results of CDIA’s pre-feasibility study (PFS) on heritage-led urban regeneration project in the recently concluded Urban Land Institute Talk on 21 March 2017 in Hong Kong. Some 40 real estate investors and developers active in the Asian market participated in the event.

PPPC Gears Up to Better Support Philippine Cities with CDIA

March 24, 2017


Public-Private Partnership Center (PPPC), CDIA’s national partner organization in the Philippines held its planning workshop on the delivery of joint activities on 21-22 March 2017 at the PPPC Headquarters in Quezon City, Philippines. With assistance from CDIA through the facilitation of its external expert on organizational development, Mr. Herwig Langthaler, PPPC identified gaps and quick solutions towards better assisting Philippine cities on public-private partnership ventures for their infrastructure projects.

Making Urban Development Work for Women, Too!

March 23, 2017


Strategic investments in urban infrastructure have the potential to close gender gaps and open up opportunities for women in Asia. Despite enormous gains in recent years, many of the infrastructure projects remain gender blind.

Understanding this need and the catalytic role of women in urban development, CDIA promotes gender equality in its processes and activities in line with its Gender Strategy and Action Plan.

Initial Climate Risk Assessment of Proposed Wastewater Management System Conducted in Kampong Chhnang

March 23, 2017


The Tonle Sap basin is home to a third of Cambodia’s population, many of which depend on the lake’s resources for livelihood. Located along rivers that flow into the lake, the basin’s urban population is highly susceptible to climate change hazards such as rainfall-induced flooding and erosion.

CDIA sought to help abate the situation by supporting the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MPWT) identify infrastructure investments in municipalities within the basin. These municipalities include Kampong Chhnang, Pursat, Steung Sen, and Serei Saophoan. Specific interventions include undertaking rapid assessments, as well as various pre-feasibility studies for wastewater and/or drainage system, and solid waste management in identified municipalities.

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