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Recently the Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA) staged a regional workshop on the theme of supporting cities in Asia to fill the infrastructure investment planning and programming gap. The event was organized by two of CDIA’s partner organizations, Capacity Building International Germany (InWEnt) and the German Agency for Technical Co-operation (GTZ) and brought together 55 participants from 14 countries. During the event, CDIA introduced its new toolkit and computer model that was formulated to assist cities to get from a wish-list of potential projects to a structured list of priority projects. The toolkit is designed to help them up-scale their planning strategies to better undertake their current process of infrastructure investment programming and project prioritization.
In doing so, the toolkit adds value to this process through:
Currently, the CDIA program is supporting a growing number of cities in undertaking more effective investment planning/ programming and pre-feasibility/ project structuring for urban infrastructure and to subsequently link these cities and their investment proposals to investment financiers that are looking for well-formulated investment projects. This toolkit is but one contribution to help cities with this task.
It is expected that the toolkit will soon be available online for use by city administrations.