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Why CDIA Works with Secondary Cities

Almost half of Asia’s population lives and works in "secondary cities", which are urban areas with smaller populations than megacities such as Jakarta and Manila. While secondary cities have fewer people than most capital or “top-tier” cities, they are urbanizing at a much faster rate than their larger counterparts. This rapid urbanization ...

CDIA Conducts Waste Characterization Study to Inform Investment Planning in Lao PDR

The cities of Pakse, Luang Prabang and Kaysone Phomvihane in Lao People’s Democratic Republic have been working to increase city livability by improving their solid waste management (SWM) services. These cities started working with CDIA in December 2019 on a project preparation study (PPS) for infrastructure projects that will be fed ...

CDIA Moves Ahead with its Work in Uzbekistan Despite COVID-19

“It was a race against time!” This was how CDIA Program Manager Neil Chadder described the experience of various CDIA teams as they flew out of their assignment areas in March before the COVID-19 border lockdowns. At that time, a team of experts were deployed in Uzbekistan to carry out a ...

Pandemic Lockdown Enables Tbilisi to Speed Up Bus Priority Measures

The COVID-19 pandemic brought public transport in most cities to a standstill. The country of Georgia declared a state of emergency from 21 March to 22 May of this year, and during that time, it required its citizens to work from home and suspended municipal transport operations. Tbilisi, Georgia’s capital city, ...

Spotlight on CDIA’s Communications Specialist, An Rubenecia

CDIA’s project reports can be long and highly technical, and they need to be distilled into stories that are engaging and easy-to-understand. That’s where CDIA’s Communications and Outreach Specialist An Rubenecia comes in. An has over 12 years’ experience leading communication projects for urban development, healthcare and the environment. She joined ...

Improving the Environment through Infrastructure Development

Asia’s fast-growing cities stress the environment and threaten to do irreversible damage to the climate. However, the negative consequences of urbanization can be mitigated or even avoided. CDIA’s development specialists have been working with growing cities over the past decade, and they have seen that Asia Pacific cities are capable of utilizing ...

CDIA Lines Up Activities to Better Integrate Climate Change in its Operation

On 24 March and 3 April, CDIA team members participated in webinars designed to identify concrete steps to further mainstream climate change in their work. Acclimatise guided CDIA throughout the process, with funding support from Agence Française de Développement and Expertise France. “Over the next few months, we will make adjustments ...

Developing Integrated Solutions for Urban Issues in Uzbekistan

Recognizing cities as engines of growth, Uzbekistan has set sustainable urbanization as a priority agenda, with the goal of increasing its urbanization level to 60% by 2030. This policy calls for an integrated approach to urban development, to ensure that environmental protection, poverty alleviation and improvement of quality of life are incorporated in the way ...

Climate Resilience Through Water Supply

Cities in Asia and the Pacific continue to grapple with a clean water crisis, and climate change will only amplify the challenge. In response, CDIA has been preparing infrastructure projects to secure potable water supply and increase the climate resilience of cities in Myanmar, Indonesia and various other countries in ...

A Message from CDIA

First, our heart goes to those who have been affected by Covid-19. In this unprecedented and challenging time, we want you to know that the health of our consulting team members and partners is our top priority. Over the last two weeks, we have pursued work from home arrangement under the ...

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