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The link between Udon Thani and Ranchi (India) is quite minor — I merely noticed that they each were listed as city members of CDIA (Cities Development Initiative for Asia).
The long-term aim of the Cities Development Initiative for Asia is to contribute to the promotion of sustainable and equitable urban development, leading to improved environmental and living conditions for all in Asian cities.
To pursue this long-term aim, the strategic objective of CDIA is to bridge the gap between strategic city development planning on the one hand and urban policies, services and infrastructure project preparation on the other.
The operational objectives of CDIA, are to improve urban infrastructure and services management through:
- providing technical assistance in structuring priority infrastructure projects to a stage where they are able to be financed; and helping cities to structure their projects in a way to attract market-based international private investment;
- strengthening of local institutional prerequisites for development of capital investment infrastructure projects and urban services; and
- romoting regional dialogue and cooperation on urban management in the Asia region in order to enhance cross-learning from good local practices.
The hallmark of CDIA is its focus on developing investments in urban infrastructure and services through bridging the gap between city level urban strategies and implementation of specific infrastructure projects with domestic-, international-, public- and/or private-financing.
CDIA is a regional initiative established in 2007 by the Asian Development Bank and the Government of Germany, with additional core funding support of the governments of Sweden, Austria and Spain and the Shanghai Municipal Government. The Initiative provides assistance to medium-sized Asian cities to bridge the gap between their development plans and the implementation of their infrastructure investments. CDIA uses a demand driven approach to support the identification and development of urban investment projects in the framework of existing city development plans that emphasize environmental sustainability, pro-poor development, good governance, and climate change.
To facilitate these initiatives at city level, CDIA provides a range of international and domestic expertise to cities that can include support for the preparation of pre-feasibility studies for high priority infrastructure investment projects as one of several elements.
The member cities were listed on this document titled City Network Profile.
Origins of CDIA
Recognizing the urban challenges confronting Asian cities, representatives of national and local governments, civil society, private sector, academia, international organizations and established networks attended the International Conference held at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manila on “Investing in Asia’s Urban Future” February 5-6, 2007. At this venue, the conference participants committed themselves to the development of strategies and approaches to enhance sustainable development and reduction of poverty in cities within the Asia-Pacific region. During the conference participants formally endorsed the establishment of the Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA).
From this event, the Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA) was co-founded initially as a partnership between the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in October 2007. Since that time, the program has welcomed the participation of others as funding members. Further external support agencies, national and city governments, and private financing sources are considering to join the CDIA effort in supporting the common task of Investing in Asia’s Urban Future.
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