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September 17, 2019
CDIA participated in the “Linking Infrastructure Projects to Finance Training Course” delivered by PT SMI on August 29-30, 2019 in Balikpapan, Indonesia.
The capacity building activity aimed to enhance the knowledge of cities and regencies in the Province of East Kalimantan on financing modalities and sources for their infrastructure projects. It likewise served as a platform for them to present, and get feedback on the projects they wish to develop and the appropriate financing option.
August 27, 2019
How can the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) accelerate the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) while ensuring effective management of urbanization, environmental protection and inclusive growth?
The 5th ASEAN Mayors Forum held 26-28 August 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand sought to offer solutions to this key challenge. CDIA, through its Urban Development Specialist Chee Anne Roño served as a panelist in one of the sessions on Digital ASEAN, where she discussed how to build the enabling environment at the city level.
August 26, 2019
“The CDIA study became the backbone of our ensuing project.” This was how Kiyoshi Nakamitsu of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) described the value of CDIA’s work on the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Cities Improvement Program (KPCIP).
Supported by ADB, the KPCIP aims to enhance the urban conditions in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) Province. CDIA was involved in the early part of the project preparation by developing the investment packages for three of the five cities being considered for the program.
August 26, 2019
The 7th Asian Youth Forum (AYF) was held on 12-14 August 2019 at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Headquarters. Guided by the theme, “Establish. Equip, Engage: Youth for 2030 and Beyond,” the event celebrated the young people’s role as partners in development and demonstrated their unique and valuable contribution in advancing inclusive growth.
A key component of the AYF was the design challenge, wherein CDIA mentored various groups under the theme, Youth for Livable Cities.
August 22, 2019
Significant investments are transforming the water supply and sanitation services in Kutaisi, Poti, Anaklia, Ureki and Zugdidi in West Georgia. Despite these, non-revenue water (NRW) and energy costs remain high, and the cities grapple with their new water infrastructure systems.
How to ensure continuous and high quality water services towards better health and environment? The Operational Performance Assessment and Improvement Action Plan provides insights in addressing key operational management issues.
August 19, 2019
The Yangtze River Economic Belt (YREB) is considered as one of the three key growth engines to ensure economic development in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). With support from CDIA, Chongqing City in the upper reaches of the Yangtze River is pursuing a development path where human capital and technological innovations are driving green […]
August 12, 2019
The workshop held recently in Myanmar marked the successful completion of CDIA’s project preparation study (PPS) for the Yangon Urban Services Improvement Project (YUSIP).
It also signaled the handing over of the study to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for project processing, leading to the proposed loan for enhancing Yangon’s livability and resilience.
August 9, 2019
How can local governments in the Philippines engage with the private sector to undertake public-private partnership (PPP) for their infrastructure projects?
The “Guidebook on Joint Venture for Local Government Units” provides insights and instructions in doing PPPs through joint ventures (JVs). It was developed by the Public-Private Partnership Center (PPP Center) of the Philippines with support from CDIA.
August 6, 2019
CDIA and the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MPWT) signed a technical assistance (TA) agreement on 29 July 2019 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. It marked the start of the Climate Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment (VAA) in the cities of Battambang, Kampot, Kratie and Chhlong.
“The project will enable us to invest in our secondary cities and strengthen their resilience for the ultimate goal of improving the quality of life of citizens,” said His Excellency Heng Rathpiseth, MPWT’s Director General of Public Works during his Opening Remarks.
July 23, 2019
“We were constantly inundated and it got worse during typhoon season. Now, the fear of flood is gone – we can sleep soundly at night; and with the kids’ school just around the corner, they can easily attend classes even during heavy rains, and also go home for lunch.”
Mrs. Ladera, a resident of Valenzuela City recounted how her life changed after moving to Disiplina Village, the biggest in-city relocation site and public rental housing project in the Philippines. It hosts 4,800 informal settler families (ISF) mostly from flood- and disaster-prone areas in the city. It is part of the government’s integrated approach to reducing its vulnerability to flood risks.