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Cities Development Initiative for Asia

What is the fund?

The Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA) was established in 2007 by the Asian Development Bank and the government of Germany, with the objective of: 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.

CDIA was co-managed by ADB and the German government in the first decade; and in November 2017, it was launched as an ADB-managed Trust Fund to ensure the long-term financial sustainability of the initiative.

What are the priorities?

The Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA) uses a demand-driven approach to support infrastructure projects that emphasize poverty reduction, environmental improvement, climate change mitigation and/or adaptation, and good governance.

CDIA’s work is mainly focused on traditional urban infrastructure sectors such as water supply, drainage, sanitation and mobility. However, to address needs and critical developments, CDIA is open to supporting projects in the energy, education, healthcare and heritage conservation sectors.

What kinds of activities are eligible for the fund?

The Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA) provides a range of international and domestic expertise that can support project preparation studies (PPS) such as but not limited to: pre-feasibility studies, feasibility studies, due diligence reports, project preparation technical assistance, etc.

Who is eligible to receive the fund?

Secondary cities from all ADB developing member countries are eligible to apply for Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA) support.

Who supports the fund?

The Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA) receives funding support from Austria, France, Germany, Switzerland and the European Union. It is implemented by the Asian Development Bank and Agence Française de Développement.