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.
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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.
CDIA is also gaining synergies by cooperating with existing city focused networks in fostering urban management capabilities to support these objectives. In addition to city governments and their national government counterpart from across Asia, the CDIA network also includes international infrastructure advisors, financiers, suppliers and operators. As part of this network, city members have a unique resource for accessing the most suitable development partners; and private-sector members such as banks, institutional investors, developers, suppliers and operators have access to a new range of projects.
Local governments of medium-sized cities in Asia are the prime recipient stakeholders of CDIA. Governments of such cities can be members of the CDIA network with access to CDIA resources on an application basis.
Other interested parties from the region, such as NGOs, regional and international city/ local government associations, sovereign-level development entities focused on municipal infrastructure PPP, capacity-building institutions, and private sector investors can similarly be part of the CDIA members’ network with the objective to facilitate CDIA’s work.
Funding agencies to the initiative are both CDIA stakeholders and shareholder-members in a financial sense. Other external support agencies are envisaged to participate in CDIA, either as providers of resources and/ or to share knowledge.
The Stakeholders’ Forum comprises of representatives of individual CDIA client cities, cities benefiting from indirect support, concerned national/ provincial agencies, local government associations and representatives of broader national, regional and international stakeholder organizations working directly with local governments in Asia.
The Stakeholder Forum, periodically informs the CDIA management structure of the demand for CDIA services, reactions to CDIA services rendered, and more generally acts as a forum for stakeholder dialogue on all CDIA matters.
The Stakeholders’ Forum typically meets plenary once a year, back to back with a CDIA PRC meeting. This meeting of the Forum is open to attendance by all interested parties representing the demand-side of CDIA services. Recognizing that not all interested organizations may be able to attend such a meeting, feedback from these organizations are supplemented by additional means such through the Stakeholder Forum Website, surveys and other means.
The Stakeholder Forum Website may accessed through this link: http://stakeholder.cdia.asia/
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