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

June 26, 2020


“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 CDIA experts were deployed in Uzbekistan to carry out a project preparation study (PPS) for an integrated urban development project. The PPS aims to develop investments for Djizzak, Khiva, Yangiyer and Havas to improve their city livability and economy. Once the study is completed, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Uzbekistan will consider the project for funding.

Pandemic Lockdown Enables Tbilisi to Speed Up Bus Priority Measures

June 26, 2020


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, used the shutdown as an opportunity to accelerate the preparation of its bus priority program. With CDIA’s advisory support, the city has been designing new bus lanes that can be set up quickly to improve the efficiency of its public buses.

Spotlight on CDIA’s Communications Specialist, An Rubenecia

June 26, 2020


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 CDIA in 2016 and has since worked to revitalize CDIA’s external communications, networking and public relations efforts.

Leveraging Infrastructure Investments for Sustainable Development

June 15, 2020


Asia Pacific cities are now home to 2.3 billion population. With 1.2 billion new residents expected to be added between now and 2050, significant investments in infrastructure are needed to create more livable and resilient cities.

CDIA is working with secondary cities to prepare sustainable and bankable infrastructure projects to help them meet the current and future needs of their citizens. From 2007 to 2019, CDIA has leveraged about $11.2 billion worth of investments from its completed project preparation studies (PPSs), already exceeding its 2022 target of $10 billion. These investments are now making headway in enhancing livability in Asia Pacific cities, stimulating economic growth and improving the environment.

Improving the Environment through Infrastructure Development

June 4, 2020


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 infrastructure to develop in harmony with their environment – while also increasing their climate resilience.

Breathing Life into Urban Communities

May 27, 2020


Pockets of decaying or underutilized areas hamper city livability and economic viability.

The cities of Djizzak, Khiva and Yangiyer/Havas in Uzbekistan are currently facing this issue, that is why they have decided to implement urban regeneration initiatives to transform their rundown neighborhoods into vibrant communities and find new purposes for their underused or neglected urban spaces.

CDIA’s Work Continues, Even in the Face of A Global Emergency

April 28, 2020


CDIA has taken measures to adapt and keep its projects on track during the COVID-19 pandemic. The CDIA team is headquartered in Manila, but since 12 March they have been working from their respective homes in the cities of Newbury, UK; Shanghai, PRC; Adelaide, Australia; Tbilisi, Georgia; and Metro Manila in the Philippines.

Though in-field visits are on pause, CDIA has been able to build on the work they had in progress before the COVID-19 lockdown by keeping in contact with their development partners and coordinating tasks remotely.

Reinforcing Climate Change Adaptation Investments with Capacity Development

April 27, 2020


Cambodia is one of the top ten countries most vulnerable to climate change.  Despite a bid by the national government to enhance the country’s capacities to implement effective adaptation measures, there is still a need to improve these capacities at the sub-national level. To help advance climate adaptation in Cambodia’s secondary cities, CDIA recently completed a study on Climate Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment (CVAA), wherein it recommended a capacity development roadmap to reinforce its proposed adaptation options for Battambang, Kampot, Kratie and Chhlong.

Reducing the Environmental Impact of Developing Cities

April 21, 2020


Asia is home to some of the world’s fastest-growing cities.

Increased urbanization will bring some economic benefits, but it may also accelerate environmental degradation — unless cities pursue sustainable development plans.

CDIA has spent more than 12 years working to minimize environmental impact in Asia Pacific cities. Now that some time has passed, CDIA is able to assess how two of its early projects in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) protected urban water bodies while also increasing livability.

Spotlight on CDIA’s Urban Development Specialist, Brian Capati

April 17, 2020


“Regardless of whether the city is Cagayan de Oro in the Philippines or Darkhan in Mongolia, stories of how CDIA initiated a change in their city always strike a chord in me.”

For Brian Capati, positive feedback from partners makes his work at CDIA extra special.

Mr. Capati is CDIA’s Urban Development Specialist. A Civil Engineer by profession, he joined CDIA in June 2014 and has since then directly managed 20 project preparation studies (PPS) in the sectors of water supply and sanitation, flood and drainage, solid waste management and urban renewal.

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