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Engaging Young People in Sustainable Urban Development

August 31, 2018|Lee Lambert


International Youth Day is held each year on the 12th of August to celebrate the contribution of young people in developing societies all over the world. In line with this, CDIA brings you a story of how we have paved the way to mainstream youth engagement in our projects – supporting the fact that the youth has a valuable role to play in sustainable urban development.

Successful Project Kick-off to Improve Urban Services in Yangon City

August 31, 2018|Lee Lambert


At the project kick-off mission held on August 19-24, 2018 in Yangon, Myanmar, CDIA formally set up the project preparation study (PPS) to help the city improve its urban resilience and liveability.

Ensuring CDIA’s Smooth Transition into an ADB Trust Fund

August 30, 2018|Oliver Baudler


This year was welcomed by two important milestones – the start of the implementation of CDIA Strategy 2018-2022; and the creation of a CDIA Trust Fund hosted by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to ensure the long-term financial sustainability of the initiative.

Financial Modelling Training Enables Bankability Assessment of Local PPP Projects

August 30, 2018|Gebhard Ott


In cooperation with CDIA’s national partner organization, the Public-Private Partnership Center of the Philippines (PPP Center), a Financial Modelling Training was conducted on 7-10 August 2018 in Quezon City, Philippines.

Closer Public-Private Collaboration Eyed after Partners Event

August 29, 2018|Gebhard Ott


Better coordination and stronger partnerships are prerequisites of a successful public-private partnership (PPP) project. With this in mind, the Public-Private Partnership Center of the Philippines (PPP Center) and CDIA launched a Partners Event on July 30, 2018 in Quezon City.

South to South Learning at its Best

August 24, 2018|Carsten Gloeckner


CDIA facilitates a study tour for technical experts from Jalandhar, India to learn from the successful experiences of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Enhancing the Quality of Life in Gers

August 8, 2018|Oliver Baudler


Residents in Ulaanbaatar’s ger areas desire to move to apartments in the central district where living conditions are better; and yet they lack the capacity to do so. With support from CDIA, the city government is now developing affordable housing and urban renewal solutions to enhance the quality of life in ger areas.

CDIA Says Thank You and Best Wishes to its Unit Head Joris van Etten

July 30, 2018


After 8.5 years of supporting CDIA, Joris van Etten will take on a new career path.

He joined CDIA in 2010 as Capacity Development Coordinator and Indonesia Program Manager under GIZ. In 2015, he became CDIA’s Program Coordinator and led the GIZ staff in capacity development, project safeguards and outreach. From 2010 to 2015, he oversaw the conduct of 70 training activities for 1,480 participants – with hope of strengthening their capacities in preparing bankable infrastructure projects.

In 2016, he transferred to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) as Senior Urban Development Specialist, concurrently as ADB Program Manager of CDIA. As such, he led the team of urban specialists and engineers working closely with cities in project development and financing. From 2016 to 2017, a total of 33 project preparation studies (PPS) were initiated to the benefit of 29 cities in Asia and the Pacific.

Saving History and Culture in Ger Areas

July 30, 2018|Oliver Baudler-Voigt


There is definitely much more to see in Ulaanbaatar’s ger district, where traditional and portable round-shaped dwellings have mushroomed over time. With support from CDIA, the city is restoring key heritage assets to preserve Mongolian history and culture in ger areas. All these are done in tandem with provision of economic opportunities and better living conditions for the residents.

EC Link and CDIA Hold Forum to Spur Green Investments in Chinese Cities

July 27, 2018|Chenzi Yiyang


CDIA, in partnership with the Europe-China Eco Cities Link project (EC Link) has organized the China Urban Green Financing Forum on 5 July 2018 in Beijing, People’s Republic of China. The forum sought to establish a network of cities, pool of experts and financial institutions that promote in a collaborative manner green investments in the country.

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