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Bringing Out the Unique Charm of Banda Aceh

Many people came to know Banda Aceh when it was severely hit by a tsunami in 2004, which claimed thousands of lives and destroyed livelihoods. What they might have missed to learn is that this Indonesian city is called the “Veranda of Mecca” because it is the first gateway of ...

CDIA Joins Workshop to Improve the Formulation of Resilient Urban Water Projects

CDIA participated in the workshop organized by the Water as Leverage Program on 24-25 April 2019 in Singapore. Initiated by the Dutch government and its partners, the two-day workshop hoped to engage with the cities of Semarang (Indonesia), Khulna (Bangladesh) and Chennai (India) in designing bankable projects that will help ...

Project Preparation Study in Matara City Well Underway

A project preparation study (PPS) is being undertaken in Matara, Sri Lanka to improve the resilience and livability of the city and the Greater Matara Area. CDIA’s Urban Development Specialist, Fabienne Perucca paid a technical visit in the last week of March 2019, where she met with the consulting team, the ...

Moving from Infrastructure Aspirations to Finance-ready Projects in Luganville City

Luganville in the south pacific island nation of Vanuatu has been suffering from ageing infrastructure and inadequate urban services for its growing population. With support from ADB and CDIA, the government is set to turn things around for this small city, known as a “sleeping giant” in the international tourism ...

ADB’s Strategy 2030 Operational Plans: Request for Feedback

Strategy 2030 sets out what the Asian Development Bank (ADB) should do to respond to the changing needs of the Asia and the Pacific region. This document provides the framework of implementation for the 7 operational priorities of ADB: poverty, gender, climate change, livable cities, food security and rural development, governance, and regional cooperation ...

Participatory Workshops for Slum Alleviation Program in Indonesia

Three capacity development workshops were conducted in Jakarta, Indonesia in line with our project preparation study (PPS) on Smart Living or Slum Improvement in Strategic Human Settlement Area (SISHA). The most recent workshop was conducted on March 15, 2019 with the objective of identifying specific and immediate steps following the conclusion ...

Putting Women at the Heart of Our Work

CDIA’s engagement with the city comprises no more than 10% of the total project life cycle. Still, it uses the limited time to integrate key development principles such as gender equality and inclusiveness in infrastructure project preparation. In more concrete terms, how does CDIA pay attention to the needs of ...

Leaving No One Behind in Water Supply Provision

Turning on the tap for clean water is still considered a luxury in many Asian cities. Where water is available, it flows for a limited time only or in some parts of the city. In time for the World Water Day on March 22, let's look at some of the ...

Women On the Move

Mobility patterns of women are said to be more complex than men, such that they combine domestic and care-related tasks with employment or community obligations. In this sense, how women can successfully play their roles and carry out their responsibilities have a lot to do with the transport infrastructure and ...

The Way Forward for Yangon Comprises Bus Priority Measures and Traffic Flow Reforms

In recent years, Yangon has taken a path where acute traffic congestion has become part of the residents’ daily grind. But the way forward for Myanmar’s capital looks brighter with plans for bus priority measures and improvements in traffic management, parking and pedestrian facilities. CDIA has recently completed its Concept Design and Feasibility Study to ...

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