Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA)

CDIA works closely with secondary cities in Asia and the Pacific to address gaps in infrastructure development and financing.

Asian Development Bank (ADB)
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Sep 23rd, 2021

About

CDIA is a multi-donor trust fund managed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). It works closely with secondary cities in Asia and the Pacific to address gaps in infrastructure development and financing. It uses a demand-driven approach to support infrastructure projects that emphasize poverty reduction, environmental improvement, climate change mitigation or adaptation, and good governance. To facilitate these initiatives at the city level, CDIA provides a range of international and domestic expertise that can include, among others, support for project preparation studies for high priority infrastructure investment projects.​

Assistance Criteria

To qualify for CDIA support, cities must have:

  • Prepared and adopted an urban development strategy and/or integrated urban development plan
  • A demonstrable intent to address social and environmental issues in infrastructure provisions
  • Demonstrated commitment of local government through pledging their own contributions
  • A letter from central/state level confirming in-principle support
  • Endorsement for the request from the downstream funding agency if appropriate

Support

The typical amount of CDIA’s technical assistance to develop a Project Preparatory Study is USD 500,000.

Application Process

Interested cities apply for support by submitting an application letter and an endorsement letter from the national or state government.

Cities may submit their application and endorsement letters through cdia_info@cdia.asia. Templates are available on the CDIA website.