Services and Key Areas

Bridging the gap from strategic master planning to concrete policies and infrastructure projects.


CDIA provides a range of international and domestic expertise that can assist cities to move from strategic master plans to concrete policies and infrastructure projects — ready to be presented to financiers and project developers. We offer:

  • Assistance to secondary cities in Asia and the Pacific to prepare sustainable and bankable quality infrastructure projects to bridge the gap between their development plans and the implementation of their priority projects. Secondary cities are referred to those with population of 250,000 – 5 million.
  • Linking infrastructure with funding sources; and
  • Strengthening individual and organizational capacities of stakeholders for developing sustainable and bankable projects and for ensuring financing.

Key Areas of Support

CDIA’s support is underpinned by the following development principles:

  • Urban Environment Improvement: Development of urban infrastructure investment projects which contribute to the reduction of environmental degradation.
  • Urban Poverty Reduction: Development of urban infrastructure investment projects with a pro-poor focus, where the rights of disadvantaged groups are addressed.
  • Climate Change Mitigation and/or Adaptation: Development of urban infrastructure investments that contribute to the reduction of green house gas emissions; and help cities prepare for local impacts of climate change and other shocks and stresses.
  • Good Governance: To promote financially and institutionally sustainable urban infrastructure investments to meet the needs of all citizens in cities.

Described in our Strategy 2018-2022, the following key innovations will be implemented relative to the overall approach of CDIA:

  • Systematic linking between infrastructure project preparation and capacity development initiatives to increase impact and sustainability;
  • Broaden the depth and scope of project development support to improve responsiveness to cities’ and financiers’ needs and to enhance quality and inovative capacity of the prepared projects;
  • In selected cities, engage over a prolonged period of time to be able to address the needs of cities as complex socio-economic systems;
  • Assess the potential for financing projects at an early stage and work with a wide range of financial institutions to improve the chances of successful project implementation; and
  • Collaborate with selected national project development facilities based on transparent criteria to mutually reinforce the capabilities and accelerate project preparation.

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