What We Did, Where We Went in Q4 2014

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CDIA Flagship Event Strengthens City-to-City Learning
As its 2014 Flagship Event, CDIA held a workshop on “Investing in Asia’s Urban Future: Strengthening City-to-City Learning,” from 24-26 November in Manila, Philippines. It aimed to highlight when, where, and how cities that have benefitted from CDIA intervention have shared their CDIA experiences; refined knowledge sharing and peer-to-peer learning methodologies to make them more effective, creative, and able to reach a wider audience; and bring together CDIA stakeholders to support the implementation of the CDIA Centers of Learning initiative.

Twenty participants from 10 cities that CDIA has previously worked with attended sessions on effective knowledge sharing, peer-to-peer learning modalities, clinics on how to write and sell your story, and photo-documentation tips. The programme was capped off with a site visit to Valenzuela City in Metro Manila where the participants presented their outputs and the audience voted for the best presentations.
The presentation winners, who each received a hand-carved wooden trophy from the artists of Northern Luzon (Philippines) were: Tangerang City, Indonesia for Best PowerPoint presentation; Peshawar City, Pakistan for Best Poster; General Santos City, Philippines for Best Presenter; and Semarang City, Indonesia for Overall Champion.

UCLG ASPAC Congress Focuses on Transforming Urban Space
The United Cities and Local Governments –Asia Pacific (UCLG ASPAC) Congress, 3-6 September, which drew about 100 participants across the Asia Pacific, focused on place-making and transforming urban space by integrating design into city development. A key theme concerned infusing creativity into city services and facilities to meet not only technical and commercial requirements, but also human and aesthetic needs.

Examples of best practice included involving city residents in designing public spaces such as parks and creating meal-sharing sites for the elderly (Taipei), converting excess carparks and roads for other uses and free-wifi across the city (Adelaide, Australia), SMART city applications for enhancing transport systems (Seoul, South Korea), greening (Hamamatsu, Japan), promoting cycling, and heritage conservation (Stirling, UK).

CDIA Program Coordinator, Dr. Bernhard Dohle, served as a resource person at the session on Localizing Post 2015 Agenda while CDIA’s Regional Networking Specialist contributed to the discussion on the UCLG Strategic Plan. The UCLG-ASPAC is a key knowledge management hub of local government issues in the region and an active collaborator of CDIA. It has been involved in the early development of CDIA and its current Secretary General is a member of the CDIA Stakeholders’ Forum Expert Group.

CDIA Holds Urban Infrastructure Financing Options Workshop at Citynet Meeting
At the Citynet 2014 Executive Committee Meeting and International Seminar, 28-30 November, held in the imperial city of Hue in Vietnam, CDIA organized a half-day Urban Infrastructure Financing Options workshop that was well-attended by officials from various Vietnamese local authorities. It was a spin-off from the CDIA-CITYNET Training of Trainers held in Seoul in July 2014 wherein among the trainees were two experts from the Development Strategy Institute of the Ministry of Planning and Investment, CDIA’s local partner in the country. Citynet is an enduring network of urban actors that, together, create sustainable and resilient cities. Based in Seoul and with member cities throughout Asia, Citynet is one of CDIA’s most active regional partner organizations.

CDIA Cities Share Urban Green Growth Stories at Connective Cities Dialogue
At the 1st Connective Cities Asian Dialogue, “Greening Cities and Promoting Urban Green Growth,” 4-6 November in Chiang Mai, Thailand, the CDIA partner- cities of Banda Aceh, Indonesia; Peshawar, Pakistan; and Pimpri, India shared and discussed, with 30 other participants from other Asian countries and Germany, some good practices in greening cities. This dialogue aimed to strengthen the exchange of experiences among Asian cities that can be used for practice-oriented exchange and planning for innovations in the field of greening cities and promoting urban green growth. Organized by the international cities platform Connective Cities, the dialogue was the first dialogue event in Asia that combined aspects of greening cities through the transformation of urban functions and infrastructure with an examination of the synergy and interdependence of ecological and economic sustainability.

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