Cities Development Initiative for Asia

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

CDIA is an international partnership initiative, established in 2007, by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Germany, with additional core 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.

Open to Applications : 
Application Time Frame : 

on going

Climate Objective : 
Both Mitigation and Adaptation
Administrator Type : 
Intergovernmental Organization
Financial Instruments Offered : 
Not Applicable
Direct Access : 
Fund Size : 

A base case program budget of $65.2 million is envisaged for the 2013-2017 period, with a reduced program budget of $50.8 million.

Financing Award : 
Less than 1 million USD, Between 1 and 10 million USD
Trustee : 
Asian Development Bank
Implementing Entity : 


Steps to Access & Application Procedure

Eligibility Criteria

Local governments of eligible cities will develop their own request for CDIA support (using the format in the Support Application Guide, and which the CDIA CMT may facilitate) and must be committed to cost-sharing principles.

Organizational and Decision Making Structure

Program Review Committee Voting Members are designated representatives from:

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Sustainable Communal Services, Development Cooperation Section (Sida)
Bangkok Embassy of Sweden

Federal Ministry of Finance (BMF)

Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research, State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO)
Stakeholders’ Forum Representatives are from:

KSA Design Planning Services Pvt Ltd

Cities and Climate Change Initiative (CCCI) Asia Pacific
Ex-Officio Members

Joris van Etten
ADB-CDIA Program Manager, and
Senior Urban Development Specialist
Asian Development Bank (ADB), Philippines

Claudia Hermes
GIZ-CDIA Program Coordinator
CDIA, Philippines

Monitoring and Reporting Procedures

Not specified

Co-financing Requirements (if applicable)

Not applicable

Other Eligibility Criteria Beyond Geography and Income

To qualify for CDIA support, cities will:
•Have prepared and adopted an urban development strategy and/or integrated urban development plan.
•Have a demonstrable intent to address social and environmental issues in infrastructure provision, e.g. through identified priority actions to reduce urban poverty and/ or improve the urban environment.
•Have demonstrated commitment of local government through pledging their own contributions to both preparatory studies (variable according to the circumstances, but generally at about 20 % of total costs) and financing infrastructure projects (in line with financing agencies requirements).
•Have demonstrable in-principle central/ state level support for the development of an urban infrastructure projects portfolio and its financing, and for the assistance application to CDIA.
•Have endorsement for the request from one of the CDIA funding members.

Contact Information

Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA)
Room 7504-7506, Asian Development Bank Bldg,
6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City, 1550
Metro Manila, Philippines
+63-2 631-2342 +63-2 633-0520 +63 2 633-2366

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