CDIA Signs MoU With NIUA

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The Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) based in New Delhi, India.

The National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) is a premier institute for urban research in India supported by the Ministry of Urban Development (MOUD), Government of India. It was established in 1976 under the Societies Registration Act. The Institute’s Governing Council consists of 19 members represented by senior officials from the Government of India, eminent urban leaders and experts from varied background. Mission is to be a knowledge center of research, training and information dissemination in urban development and management.

The Objective of this MoU is to establish a framework for:

  1. Building capacity of Urban Local Bodies (ULB) through the partnership between CDIA and NIUA by developing and undertaking collaborative activities to promote investment in urban infrastructure, and cooperation and knowledge sharing in urban management in India and for Asia-Pacific countries.

  2. Capacity development, networking and institutionalization of processes to strengthen municipal infrastructure investment prioritization and programming.

  3. Support for the preparation of Pre-Feasibility Studies (PFS) for high priority infrastructure investment projects for cities, and consequently to support cities to bridge the gap between planning for- and financing of-urban infrastructure investments.

  4. Engaging other organizations in the capacity development programming and implementation as envisaged under this MoU, whenever useful to further the objectives of the Parties.

The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Emiel Wegelin, CDIA-GIZ Program Coordinator, Michael Lindfield, CDIA-ADB Program Manager, Usha P. Raghupathi, Professor and Officiating Director, NIUA and Anil Baijal, President NIUA on November 15, 2012.

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