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March 14, 2016
The 7th Executive Short Course on “Effective Urban Infrastructure Programming” was successfully held from 29 February – 4 March 2016 in Singapore. This week-long training course gathered 23 participants from 8 Asian cities and 3 CDIA National Partner Organizations (NPOs), where participants underwent training sessions that covered the stages of project development featuring Singapore’s experience in sustainable urban infrastructure implantation.
Jointly organized by the Technical Cooperation Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore and CDIA, under the Singapore-CDIA Third Country Training Programme (TCTP), the course aimed to provide participants – consisting of city mayors, senior department professionals from the city government, and experts from national institutions – with knowledge in effective urban infrastructure planning and the implementation of infrastructure investment projects, contributing towards the sustainable urban development agenda.
March 14, 2016
For 2016, CDIA has chosen the Annual Theme “Partnering towards financing urban development in Asia” to help contribute to realizing the SDGs on urban ground. With the Habitat 3 process ongoing and the international New Urban Agenda on its doorstep, CDIA wants to strengthen its partnerships, enhance regional presence, and re-create collaborations for financing urban development in Asia.
As a first step in renewing its partnership, CDIA held a Networking Event for its Regional and National Partner Organizations (RPOs and NPOs) on 2 March 2016 in Hanoi, Vietnam. It provided an opportunity to meet longstanding partners across the region and the new CDIA Program Coordinator, Mrs. Claudia Hermes.
The event, facilitated by CDIA Social Development Specialist Eva Ringhof, was held back-to-back with the ASEAN 7th High Level Seminar on Environmentally Sustainable Cities (HLS-ESC) on 3-4 March 2016 at the Daewoo Hotel, Hanoi, Vietnam, where CDIA, represented by CDIA Program Coordinator Claudia Hermes and CDIA Communications Specialist Meg Yandoc, contributed to the Plenary on “ESC Regional Cooperation,” and to the thematic sessions on “Localizing SDGs” and “Better City-to-City Cooperation.”
March 11, 2016
CDIA formally welcomes its new intern, Ms. Beverly Lumbera. Last month, Beverly supported the Regional Multi-stakeholder Symposium on Inclusive Cities in Asia in Delhi, and is now working on the development of knowledge materials with regard to the New Urban Agenda. She will soon be engaged in developing training modules for an Inclusive Cities training for CDIA partner cities and organizations.
This year, Beverly will complete her law degree at San Beda College Manila. She also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and a Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of the Philippines. Her field of interests include urban planning, urban development, poverty alleviation and public policy. Before joining CDIA, she has worked for and with the Philippine government as a research specialist for the national policy think tank, and as a consultant for the development of various land use plans.
March 10, 2016
“If a Smart City does not include the poor, it will fail to be smart.” With this, the Honorable Minister Shri Venkaiah Naidu (Urban Development, Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation and Parliamentary Affairs of the Government of India) expressed the need for shaping cities more inclusive during his opening message of the multi-stakeholder symposium “Towards Inclusive Cities in Asia” held in New Delhi, 23-24 February 2016. Susanne Dorasil, Head of Economic Cooperation & Development from the German Embassy, stated that the symposium is an excellent opportunity to learn from each other – to identify the actions that worked and didn’t work – and determine which ones are applicable to the proper context.
February 23, 2016
CDIA is offering an internship for a young and dynamic professional with a background in finance, urban planning, environmental change or a related field. Preference will be for someone who has a passion to aid cities achieve sustainable development. The internship is for a period of 6 months at CDIA office in Manila, the Philippines. Click here for details.
February 16, 2016
A CDIA Pre-Feasibility Study (PFS) for the Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) on an “Integrated Drainage System and Climate Change Adaptation Project” was kicked off last 2 February, after the commitment given by Stakeholders in January 2015. The city of Mysore in India, situated by the rivers Cauvery and Kabini and a number of other drainage channels, is vulnerable to sewer contamination and random dumping of solid waste.
February 4, 2016
The CDIA-assisted project on urban transport in Cochin, India that got linked to KfW financing in 2015 has been approved by the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), India for KfW assistance worth 80 Million Euros for project implementation.
January 21, 2016
Ms. Claudia Hermes has joined CDIA as Program Coordinator effective 1 January 2016. Claudia has more than 10 years’ experience in development work in infrastructure development, governance and ICT4D. Prior to joining GIZ in the Philippines, she was based with GIZ in different African countries. Previously, she worked for 10 years in politics and also in the private sector in Germany with strong cooperation with companies from the Middle East and Asia.
January 18, 2016
CDIA was recently mentioned in a DEVEX article which presents four ways to finance climate friendly urban development. Click here to view (under sub header “Municipalities should develop expertise in project development”).
January 7, 2016
Berlin, the capital of Germany, is home to one of the world’s leading urban development summits: Metropolitan Solutions. In 2016, the combined congress and trade fair will again bring together decision-makers and leaders from around the globe for high-level dialogue on current and emerging issues and challenges in innovative, sustainable urban development. To be held from 31 May to 2 June, Metropolitan Solutions is unique in that it comprises more than 30 high-power conferences and workshops organized by various independent operators. Click here for details. Click here for the event brochure.