Services and Key Areas

Our team of national and international experts identify with local authorities the city’s most pressing infrastructure needs. Then we develop project preparation studies for infrastructure investments that can be taken forward by funding agencies for implementation.

Our Development Impact Pillars

CDIA’s long-term objective is to contribute to the improvement of living conditions and the environment in secondary cities in Asia and the Pacific, particularly for the urban poor.

In line with this objective and in recognition of the development priorities of our funders, CDIA prioritizes interventions that promote at least two of the following development impact areas:

  • environmental improvement
  • climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • poverty reduction
  • good governance

CDIA also acknowledges the pivotal role of cities in advancing sustainable development. Hence, it endeavors to link to downstream financing urban infrastructure investments that make positive contributions to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Considering that CDIA’s work is focused on cities, all our project preparation studies are expected to contribute to achieving SDG 11, which aims to “make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable,” and the attainment of one or more SDG 11 sub-goals and other SDGs. See our achievements.

The Sectors We Work In

CDIA’s work is mainly focused on traditional urban infrastructure sectors like water supply, drainage, sanitation and mobility. However, to address needs and critical developments, CDIA is open to supporting projects in the energy, education, healthcare and heritage conservation sectors. We work across various sectors, including:

Our Services

We work closely with cities to provide:

  • Bespoke technical assistance on project preparation studies that will create resilient, inclusive and sustainable infrastructure projects.
  • Assistance on linking cities to funders that includes assessing potential for project funding at an early stage, and working with funding institutions to successfully implement projects.
  • Capacity development initiatives that identify short, medium and long-term activities to help cities increase the impact and sustainability of new infrastructure.


Key Elements We Consider in Our Studies

We help cities find the most efficient and sustainable way to implement their development plans. We consider many factors, including:

  • Which infrastructure projects are most urgent or important
  • The environmental, social and financial impacts of the projects
  • The technical options for implementation
  • How to integrate climate risk and resilience building in the design of infrastructure projects
  • How much it will cost to operate and maintain the new infrastructure
  • How to promote good governance in the design and implementation of infrastructure projects.

Cities may apply at any time for CDIA support. For the full eligibility criteria and application details, click here.

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