CDIA Holds Networking Event For Partners Back-to-Back With The ASEAN HLS ESC In Hanoi, Vietnam

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For 2016, CDIA has chosen the Annual Theme “Partnering towards financing urban development in Asia” to help contribute to realizing the SDGs on urban ground. With the Habitat 3 process ongoing and the international New Urban Agenda on its doorstep, CDIA wants to strengthen its partnerships, enhance regional presence, and re-create collaborations for financing urban development in Asia.

As a first step in renewing its partnership, CDIA held a Networking Event for its Regional and National Partner Organizations (RPOs and NPOs) on 2 March 2016 in Hanoi, Vietnam. It provided an opportunity to meet longstanding partners across the region and the new CDIA Program Coordinator, Mrs. Claudia Hermes.

The event, facilitated by CDIA Social Development Specialist Eva Ringhof, was held back-to-back with the ASEAN 7th High Level Seminar on Environmentally Sustainable Cities (HLS-ESC) on 3-4 March 2016 at the Daewoo Hotel, Hanoi, Vietnam, where CDIA, represented by CDIA Program Coordinator Claudia Hermes and CDIA Communications Specialist Meg Yandoc, contributed to the Plenary on “ESC Regional Cooperation,” and to the thematic sessions on “Localizing SDGs” and “Better City-to-City Cooperation.”

Overall the participants were very active and shared a range of experiences from their daily work with and beyond CDIA. The participants also brought forward a range of questions and recommendations to improve the collaboration with CDIA. The 1-day event enabled to explore joint opportunities, strengthen the common partner network, and create a sense of belonging to the CDIA Partner community. The attendees were: Ms. Wiwied Widiastuti (Yayasan Inovasi Pemerintahan Daerah/YIPD, Indonesia). Mr. Adyaksa Paripurna (PT Sarana Multi Infrastruktur Persero, Indonesia), Mr. Tsolmon Ekhbayar (Urban Development Resource Center/UDRC, Mongolia), Mr. Umair Ahmed Kamboh (Infrastructure Project Development Facility/IPDF, Pakistan) Mr. Eleazar Ricote and Ms Mary Grace Soriano (PPP Center, Philippines), Mr. Felix Kalkowsky (CityNet) and Ms. Laids Cea (UN-Habitat).

Prior to the CDIA Networking event, the participants reviewed jointly with their respective CDIA Country Managers existing MoUs, submitted proposals, discussed and set-up a draft work plan. To gather feedback and thoughts on the CDIA-NPO collaboration in previous and future years, an online survey was shared in January.

The workshop yielded good results. It allowed the participants to strengthen their organization’s collaboration with CDIA, enhance the alignment with its activities, get to know better CDIA and its partners, and provide inputs to collaborate jointly on bridging the gap to link cities’ infrastructure project to finance.

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