What is CDIA

Promoting sustainable and equitable urban development.

CDIA is an international partnership initiative, established in 2007, by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Germany, with additional core funding support from the governments of Austria, Sweden, Switzerland and the Shanghai Municipal Government. The Initiative provides assistance to medium-sized Asian cities to bridge the gap between their development plans and the implementation of their infrastructure investments.

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

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CDIA City Interventions
125 Cities
52 Prioritization exercises
67  PFS completed for 109 projects
63 PFS linked to finance
6.4 Billion US$ expected infrastructure investment value
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