Funds and Resources

ADB offers loans, grants, and technical assistance from Special Funds, Trust Funds, and other sources to help reduce poverty in Asia’s poorest countries.

Cities Development Initiative for Asia

What is the fund?

Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA) was established in 2007 by the Asian Development Bank and the Government of Germany to assist secondary cities in Asia and the Pacific in preparing 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 Government of Germany in the first decade. 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?

CDIA uses a demand-driven approach to support infrastructure projects emphasizing poverty reduction, environmental improvement, climate change mitigation or adaptation, and good governance.

Its work is focused on traditional urban infrastructure sectors such as water supply, drainage, sanitation, and mobility. However, it is also open to supporting energy, education, healthcare, and heritage conservation projects to address needs and critical developments.

What kinds of activities are eligible for the fund?

CDIA provides a range of international and domestic expertise that can support project preparation studies 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 ADB developing member countries are eligible to apply for CDIA support.

Who supports the fund?

The CDIA Trust Fund receives funding support from the governments of Austria, Germany, Spain, and Switzerland.