What is CDIA

Promoting sustainable and equitable urban development.

CDIA is a multi-donor trust fund managed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). It works closely with secondary cities in Asia and the Pacific to address gaps in infrastructure development and financing. It uses a demand-driven approach to support infrastructure projects that emphasize poverty reduction, environmental improvement, climate change mitigation or adaptation, and good governance. To facilitate these initiatives at the city level, CDIA provides a range of international and domestic expertise that can include, among others, support for project preparation studies for high priority infrastructure investment projects.​

​CDIA is implemented by ADB and Agence Française de Développement (AFD). It receives funding support from Austria, France, Germany, Switzerland and the European Union. It was established in 2007 by the ADB and the German government with the intent of improving the lives of 1.6 billion people in Asia and the Pacific.​

CDIA aims to contribute to the promotion of sustainable and equitable urban development, leading to improved environmental and living conditions for all in Asia Pacific cities. To achieve this, CDIA bridges the gap between the city’s development plans and the implementation of their priority infrastructure projects.

CDIA hopes to improve urban infrastructure and services management by:

  • assisting secondary cities in Asia and the Pacific to prepare sustainable and bankable infrastructure projects;
  • linking them with funding sources; and
  • strengthening their capacities to develop and implement high priority investments.

Guided by our Strategy (2018-2022), CDIA will seek to improve its responsiveness to the needs of cities as well as financing agencies; as well as stimulating innovation, so that the prepared projects can serve as best practices for other cities in the region. Specifically, it shall pursue the following:

  • Systematically link infrastructure project preparation and capacity development initiatives to increase impact and sustainability.
  • Broaden the depth and scope of project development support to enhance quality and innovative capacity of the prepared projects.
  • Engage over a prolonged period of time in selected cities to be able to address their needs 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.
  • Collaborate with selected national project development facilities based on transparent criteria to mutually reinforce the capabilities and accelerate project preparation.
CDIA Engagements by Sector

CDIA City Interventions  (As of January 2020)

111 cities in 20 Developing Member Countries provided with Project Preparation Study (PPS) Support

94 PPSs and 172 projects completed in 99 cities

77 PPSs and 153 projects in 87 cities linked to

USD 11.2 Billion downstream finance

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