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Last month, CDIA released its Six-Monthly Progress Report detailing its work with cities in Asia and the Pacific from January to June 2020.
The report highlights CDIA’s progress against its performance indicators, the status of utilization of program resources and the contribution of its completed project preparation studies (PPSs) to development impacts and sustainable development goals.
Overall, CDIA has now commissioned 104 PPSs in 112 cities across 20 developing member countries, of which 88 cities with their infrastructure projects have been linked to downstream financing estimated at USD 11.2 billion as of June 2020.
Although CDIA had to demobilize a number of its international experts from the cities they were working with in March due to the pandemic, we still managed to continue our technical assistance activities in four ongoing PPS interventions in People’s Republic of China, Georgia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic and Uzbekistan. Where possible, CDIA blended face-to-face meetings with virtual consultations and remote working to accomplish the required tasks.
Furthermore, CDIA continued with its pipeline development activities which are expected to bring in new applications and new projects in the coming months.
In the midst of the pandemic and with support from Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and Acclimatise UK, CDIA was able to implement using web-based platforms a capacity development program to better mainstream climate change in its operations.
Moreover, the majority of CDIA’s activities on knowledge product (KP) development and outreach have continued including the development of KPs as part of the PPS support to the Anhui Huangshan Xin’an River Ecological Protection and Green Development Project and the Chongqing Innovation and Human Capital Development Project in the People’s Republic of China.
“We expect that the pandemic will continue to affect us for the rest of the year, but the CDIA team is making every effort to ensure that on-going projects reach a successful conclusion, new projects commence, and capacity development, outreach and monitoring and evaluation activities continue to the maximum extent possible,” says Neil Chadder, Program Manager. “Much of the work over the next six months will be focused on getting CDIA back on track for the rest of our current five-year strategy period of 2018-2022 and finding new ways of working and supporting our partner cities.”
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