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Making Urban Development Work for Women, Too!

March 23, 2017


Strategic investments in urban infrastructure have the potential to close gender gaps and open up opportunities for women in Asia. Despite enormous gains in recent years, many of the infrastructure projects remain gender blind.

Understanding this need and the catalytic role of women in urban development, CDIA promotes gender equality in its processes and activities in line with its Gender Strategy and Action Plan.

Initial Climate Risk Assessment of Proposed Wastewater Management System Conducted in Kampong Chhnang

March 23, 2017


The Tonle Sap basin is home to a third of Cambodia’s population, many of which depend on the lake’s resources for livelihood. Located along rivers that flow into the lake, the basin’s urban population is highly susceptible to climate change hazards such as rainfall-induced flooding and erosion.

CDIA sought to help abate the situation by supporting the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MPWT) identify infrastructure investments in municipalities within the basin. These municipalities include Kampong Chhnang, Pursat, Steung Sen, and Serei Saophoan. Specific interventions include undertaking rapid assessments, as well as various pre-feasibility studies for wastewater and/or drainage system, and solid waste management in identified municipalities.

Towards Building the Resilience of Asian Cities, CDIA Makes Available its Project Screening Tool Online

March 20, 2017


With the goal of offering a project profiling instrument that will enhance bankability of proposed measures in city’s climate resilience strategy or action plans, CDIA developed the CDIA Project Screening Tool (PST) and made it available for free online through its website. The tool was developed through a grant from The Rockefeller Foundation, and with contributions on the content from partners in the region including cities, intermediaries and financiers.

There is more to Balikpapan Landfill than meets the eye

March 14, 2017


Balikpapan’s landfill has amenities that draw people to it such as a zip line, children’s playground, sauna, picnicking facilities and a small gallery where art objects made from recycled materials are exhibited. While having fun, visitors may also learn about the city’s solid waste management (SWM) program and the means by which they can usefully participate in reducing, reusing and recycling their own waste.


CDIA Readies Two Punjab Cities for Possible ADB Infrastructure Financing

February 16, 2017


Sahiwal and Sialkot are two cities in the Punjab Province of Pakistan, which benefited from CDIA support to prioritize and conceptualize their infrastructure investments. The projects identified with CDIA support are now being considered by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for potential funding under its Punjab Intermediate Cities Improvement Investment Program (PICIIP).

Project Kick-off in the Cities of Peshawar, Mardan and Abbottabad: Inclusive Growth through Integrated Infrastructure Management

February 15, 2017


Pakistan is one of the most urbanized countries in the Asia Pacific region, with an urban population of over 70 million. The Government of KP’s (GoKP) Planning and Development Department (P&DD) requested CDIA to assist in implementing its Integrated Development Strategy 2014-2018, which calls for effective management of urban services to convert cities into centers of economic activity and sources of employment generation.

Infrastructure to Promote Economic Growth and Better Living Conditions Targeted for Khulna and Gazipur

February 14, 2017


CDIA has recently completed the pre-feasibility study (PFS) and preliminary engineering designs for two cities in Bangladesh – Khulna and Gazipur that will seek to boost their infrastructure provision, and build their capacity to prepare infrastructure investments towards economic growth and better living conditions.

CDIA’s New Intern for Capacity Development

February 13, 2017


Mr. Edgar Vasanthakumar recently joined CDIA as Capacity Development Intern.  He is on his final year in Master in Environmental Resource Management at Brandenburg University of Technology, Germany. Prior to this, he completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Law and Policy at Centre for Environmental Law, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) India. Furthermore, he was part of ‘Creative Lab on Rapid Planning by UN-Habitat and Rapid Planning Project under the framework of future megacities research program by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and research (BMBF) in Kigali, Rwanda

CDIA Tackles Inclusive Urban Development in its Internal Learning Activity

February 10, 2017


Cities in Asia are not only growing at a rapid pace, they also have an increasing need for inclusive urban development measures, which must be ingrained in the design of their infrastructure projects. With CDIA at the forefront of facilitating innovative urban infrastructure investment projects in Asia, CDIA staff took the opportunity to improve their knowledge when they participated in the internal capacity development training activity on inclusive urban development held on 27 January 2017. CDIA’s monitoring tool, the initial development impact assessment (IDIA) was discussed congruently in an effort to better integrate concepts of inclusiveness in CDIA’s project preparation studies (PPS).

CDIA Video Captures How Tangerang City Revamps its Solid Waste Management Program

February 9, 2017


CDIA carried out a pre-feasibility study (PFS) in 2013 to revitalize Tangerang City’s solid waste management program. Three years after, the city government took some of the recommendations from the PFS; and implemented those measures using their own resources.

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