December 24, 2021
To wrap up 2021, we would like to thank you for your continued support and collaboration with us over the past 14 years.
While working remotely from different parts of the world, this year, we managed to complete three project preparation studies (PPSs) in Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR); and continue our technical assistance in Armenia, Philippines, Georgia, and Viet Nam. We’ve also taken on 8 new and exciting projects in 14 cities in Bhutan, Lao PDR, Thailand, Bangladesh, Viet Nam and the Philippines; and generated $0.9 billion worth of investment for the much-needed infrastructure projects in cities.
These bring our 14-year achievement now to 127 cities supported in 22 developing countries, 101 PPSs completed and 103 cities linked to downstream financing estimated at $12.2 billion. (See our Progress Update)
Despite the setbacks brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, we, together with our consulting teams and partners have remained steadfast in our mission to assist cities prepare their infrastructure projects. The adjustments we have made enabled us to achieve more this year compared to last year in terms of the number of approved and completed PPSs, and the new cities we have reached. Scoping out projects and taking the projects forward without field visits and amidst the constantly changing protocols have tested our resolve, but, time and time again we found a way forward.
One example of the ways we have adapted is the conduct of CDIA Virtual Clinics, which allowed us to have one-on-one discussions with city managers to shape their infrastructure projects. So far, we have brainstormed project ideas with 19 cities during the 6 clinics we have held remotely. These clinics resulted in 4 new potential projects and more stakeholders acquiring new knowledge in preparing bankable projects, climate resilience and capacity development. Three more clinics are scheduled for 2022.
2021 has been a year of deep reflection having completed our mid-term evaluation review, which gauged our progress toward the CDIA Strategy 2018-2022 objectives, and provided action points for improving our operations and achieving our targets henceforth.
Building on our previous gains and the findings from the evaluation, we will end the year crafting the CDIA Strategy for 2023-2027. In essence, CDIA is finding ways to offer greater value to our partner cities and downstream financiers as we work harder to mainstream global agendas like the Paris Agreement into our work and ensure a long-term, self-sustaining financing model for CDIA.
Again, we thank you for your trust and support, and we wish you a wonderful holiday season. We look forward to connecting in the new year!
(Lara, Ramon, Meeko, Fabienne, Nick, Brian, Chee, Kathleen, An and Cathlyn)
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