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Our Journey Together Continues

February 25, 2019


CDIA has taken a new path in 2019 as it started to fully operate as a Trust Fund managed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). This new set up will ensure CDIA’s long-term financial sustainability and increase the impact of its work.

CDIA is now operating under the ADB Urban Financing Partnership Facility managed by Robert Guild, Chief Sector Officer of Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department (SDCC). CDIA is also directed and guided by Manoj Sharma, Chief of the Urban Sector Group; and just recently, Lara Arjan, Urban Development Specialist joined CDIA’s Management Team.

Introducing our New Project Officer, Lara Arjan

February 25, 2019


We are happy to announce that Lara Arjan has recently joined the CDIA Trust Fund Management as our new Project Officer.

Lara is now responsible for the CDIA Technical Assistance Program, including coordination with financing partners, CDIA Team and the Trust Fund Management. She is also concurrently serving as Urban Development Specialist at Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department (SDCC) in Asian Development Bank (ADB).

The Way Forward for Yangon Comprises Bus Priority Measures and Traffic Flow Reforms

February 25, 2019


In recent years, Yangon has taken a path where acute traffic congestion has become part of the residents’ daily grind. But the way forward for Myanmar’s capital looks brighter with plans for bus priority measures and improvements in traffic management, parking and pedestrian facilities.

CDIA has recently completed its Concept Design and Feasibility Study to support the city government in implementing bus priority measures and improving traffic flow along Pyay Road corridor, considered to have the most number of bus and passenger flows in the city.

CDIA Revitalizes Partnerships with National Project Development Agencies

February 22, 2019|An Rubenecia


In three separate meetings, CDIA discussed with the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MPWT) of Cambodia, PT Sarana Multi Infrastruktur (Persero) (PT SMI) of Indonesia, and the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center of the Philippines concrete ways of accelerating infrastructure project development in the three countries.

Accelerating City-wide Slum Alleviation in Indonesia

February 22, 2019


Indonesia’s policy on slum alleviation has sought to improve the living conditions in slum areas by improving the access to public services, such as potable water, sanitation, drainage, and solid waste management etc. While these initiatives have reduced the number of slums and improved basic services, the government saw the need to review existing initiatives and develop a holistic approach that will accelerate and strengthen their slum alleviation efforts to meet their mid-term national development targets.

New Bus Lanes Designed by Local Staff with Support from CDIA Now in Effect

February 20, 2019|An Rubenecia


As part of the government’s effort to optimize public transport system, additional bus lanes have been implemented recently in Shartava and Kostava Streets, Baratishvili Rise and Robakidze Avenue in Tbilisi City, Georgia.

CDIA Brings Youthful Energy to Panaji Creek Rejuvenation

January 31, 2019|Lee Lambert


Underscoring the importance of engaging the youth in urban infrastructure project development, CDIA has once again tapped students and members of community-based and civil society organizations to contribute actively in planning for the rejuvenation of St. Inez Creek in Panaji, India. This initiative is part of CDIA’s support to the city in installing a 24/7 water supply and restoring its creek through nature-based solutions.

Interim Workshop Recalibrates the YUSIP Study to Focus on Water Supply

December 26, 2018


On 12 December 2018, CDIA held the interim workshop for the project preparation study (PPS) related to the Yangon Urban Services Improvement Project (YUSIP) in Myanmar. A key objective was to report on the progress of the activities under Phase I of the PPS and agree on the direction of the study moving forward.

Building CapaCITIES: Insights from CDIA’s Capacity Development Advisor

December 10, 2018


It is standard for CDIA to closely monitor the status of its infrastructure investment projects, i.e. the cities it worked with, the expected number of beneficiaries, which projects got linked to finance, and their intended results and impacts, etc. Yet, there is another aspect of CDIA – its capacity development work – wherein its results are not systematically documented. Because of this, CDIA looked back to the 116 training activities it conducted to find out their results and reflect on what can be improved in the future.

CDIA Book Describes Work on Capacity Development and Contributions to Development Goals

December 10, 2018


At the recent CDIA event on the “11 Years of Co-management in Preparing Sustainable Infrastructure Projects with Cities,” a new CDIA book was unveiled, which describes its efforts in building the capacity of its partner cities and contributing to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and key development impacts.

Bridging Cities, People and Sustainable Development showcases the work of CDIA in the past 11 years. For the first time, CDIA has described in detail how it contributes to sustainable development goals (SDGs), particularly in creating sustainable cities and communities.

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