CDIA support will always be based on a demand-driven application process. However, only cities for which there is a strong likelihood that they can meet eligibility and qualifying criteria will be encouraged to apply.
The application procedures have the following general components:
- assessment of likelihood of meeting eligibility and qualifying criteria in initial discussion between local (and state/national) government staff and CDIA CMT. This discussion may be initiated by the local government or any other party associated with CDIA. Typically the CDIA CMT may mount a reconnaissance mission to the city concerned to assess likelihood of meeting the criteria; if this assessment is positive;
- preparation of formal support request by the local authority in the prescribed format and with support documentation demonstrating that qualifying criteria are met. The CDIA CMT assist in this as part of the reconnaissance mission or otherwise;
- review of support request by CDIA CMT for approval by funding partner (and by CDIA PRC if needed). This review will generally be an in-house exercise (drawing on external reviewers as needed), but will have CMT solicited inputs from concerned operational staff in ADB, KfW and/or other potentially interested capital financing organizations; and
- approval/ rejection of support request by funding partner (and by CDIA PRC if needed) and its communication to applicant by CMT. Conditional approval pending clarifications/ submission of additional information may be possible, so that steps 3 and 4 may be repeated.
Following approval of the support request a technical assistance contract agreement will be entered into between the applying local government and (one or more funding partners of) CDIA, specifying details of the assignment, sources of funds and consultant recruitment procedure.
Steps in the Support Process
For these activities at city level a judicious sequence of the following steps in the support process will be conducted, either by one of the CDIA implementing partners or by the CDIA core management team itself:
- establishment of initial contacts between CDIA and potentially benefiting city administrations
- assessment of city-perceived problems and their direct and indirect contexts
- definition of scope of possible CDIA support
- submission of city application for CDIA support
- review and approval of application and identification of support source
- establishment of a project preparation Technical Assistance agreement between the applicant and the CDIA/funding partner
- preparation of ToRs for consultancy/advisory support services
- procurement of consulting services
- supervision of assigned consultants
- dialogue with potential funding organizations for subsequent investment support
- assessment of assignment outcomes, including PFS results.
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