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Heritage Works!

March 27, 2017


Owing to decades of military rule, Yangon in Myanmar is the only Asian city with a largely intact historic core. Given the speed of modernization, there is only a small window of opportunity to preserve the unique character and history of the city before it is lost.
Margaret Brooke and Ester van Steekelenburg, former CDIA consultants took the chance to advocate for the conservation of Yangon’s historic core when they presented the results of CDIA’s pre-feasibility study (PFS) on heritage-led urban regeneration project in the recently concluded Urban Land Institute Talk on 21 March 2017 in Hong Kong. Some 40 real estate investors and developers active in the Asian market participated in the event.

PPPC Gears Up to Better Support Philippine Cities with CDIA

March 24, 2017


Public-Private Partnership Center (PPPC), CDIA’s national partner organization in the Philippines held its planning workshop on the delivery of joint activities on 21-22 March 2017 at the PPPC Headquarters in Quezon City, Philippines. With assistance from CDIA through the facilitation of its external expert on organizational development, Mr. Herwig Langthaler, PPPC identified gaps and quick solutions towards better assisting Philippine cities on public-private partnership ventures for their infrastructure projects.

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

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