Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA) CDIA IV

Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA) CDIA IV


CDIA aims to contribute to sustainable and equitable urban development, leading to improved environmental and living conditions for all in Asian cities by:

  • Providing technical assistance in structuring priority infrastructure projects to a stage where they can be financed.
  • Helping cities structure their projects to attract market-based international private investment.
  • Strengthening local institutional prerequisites for development of capital investment infrastructure projects and urban services.
  • Promoting regional dialogue and cooperation on urban management in Asia to enhance cross-learning from good local practices.[/paragraph]


Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA) is a regional initiative established in 2007 by the Asian Development Bank and the Government of Germany, with additional funding support from the governments of Austria, Sweden, Switzerland, 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. In doing so, CDIA provides services in the following focus areas: Project Prioritization, Project Preparatory Studies (PPS), Linking Projects to Finance, and Capacity Development. CDIA-supported infrastructure investment projects contribute to four overarching development objectives – Poverty Reduction, Environment, Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, and Good Governance.

Field of intervention

  • Project Preparatory Studies (PPS)
  • Medium Term Infrastructure Investment Programming
  • Project Prioritization Tools
  • Linking City Projects to Finance
  • Capacity Development Trainings and Workshops

Targeted beneficiaries

  • Medium-sized Asian cities


    • Project Preparatory Studies (PPS)

CDIA provides direct Technical Assistance to cities comprising the development of a project concept to its initial scoping.

    • Medium Term Infrastructure Investment Programming

CDIA supports the development of rational, comprehensive, and financeable medium-term infrastructure investment programs to implement existing city development strategies and comprehensive development plans.

    • Project Prioritization

CDIA assists cities on their project prioritization through the City Infrastructure Investment Programming and Prioritization (CIIPP) Toolkit.

    • Linking Cities to Finance for Infrastructure Investments

As part of its advisory support, CDIA also assists cities in marketing their investment proposals elaborated in the PFS to potential financiers.

    • Capacity Development Activities

CDIA together with its partner organizations implement trainings and workshops on various areas of urban development to further capacitate Asian cities and organizations on project formulation and implementation




16 October 2015 - 30 January 2020

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