What is CDIA

Promoting sustainable and equitable urban development.

CDIA is a regional initiative that works closely with medium-sized cities in Asia and the Pacific to address gaps in infrastructure development and financing. It uses a demand-driven approach to support infrastructure projects that emphasize poverty reduction, environmental improvement, climate change mitigation or adaptation, and good governance.

CDIA is currently implemented by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the German government, and Agence Française de Développement. It receives funding support from the governments of Austria, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, as well as European Union and The Rockefeller Foundation. It was established in 2007 by the ADB and the German government with the intent of improving the lives of 1.6 billion people in Asia and the Pacific.

CDIA aims to contribute to the promotion of sustainable and equitable urban development, leading to improved environmental and living conditions for all in Asian and Pacific cities.

To achieve this, CDIA bridges the gap between strategic city development planning and urban policies, services, and infrastructure project preparation.

The operational objectives of CDIA, are to improve urban infrastructure and services management through:

  • Providing technical assistance in structuring priority infrastructure projects to a stage where they can be financed.
  • Helping cities structure their projects to attract market-based international private investment.
  • Strengthening local institutional prerequisites for development of capital investment infrastructure projects and urban services; and
  • Promoting regional dialogue and cooperation on urban management in Asia to enhance cross-learning from good local practices.

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CDIA Engagements by Sector

CDIA City Interventions  (As of June 2018)
143 Cities
52 Prioritization exercises
92 PPS completed
71 Cities with PPS linked to finance
7.7 Billion US$ expected infrastructure investment value



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