Cities Development Initiative Asia CDIA Phase II

Sustainable investments in municipal infrastructure struggle to keep pace with the fast urbanization in Asia. One main reason is the lack of sound urban projects, attractive to financiers. Cities Development Initiative Asia therefore supports medium sized cities to prepare infrastructure projects and link them to finance.

Pays/région Thème Période Budget
01.01.2019 - 31.12.2022
CHF  4’000’000

Urbanisation is an unprecedented process in Asia with significant numbers of people migrating from rural areas to cities. Consequently, enormous investment in urban infrastructure is required. According to the ADB, the region will need to invest $1.7 trillion per year in infrastructure until 2030 to maintain its growth momentum, tackle poverty, and respond to climate change. However, the obvious need does not always translate into projects. One main reason is a shortage of well-conceptualized urban infrastructure projects, and a weak linkage to both public and private sector financiers.


The overall objective of CDIA is to improve living conditions and the environment in Asia-Pacific cities, particularly for the urban poor. This will be achieved by supporting partner cities in developing sustainable and bankable priority infrastructure projects and liaising with financing parties in this domain. It bridges the gap between the municipal development plans and the concrete implementation of priority projects.

Effets à moyen terme

In at least 50 additional cities, CDIA-assisted and developed infrastructure projects, which make a positive contribution to reaching the SDGs, are successfully linked to finance

At least 50 additional cities and their inhabitants are profiting from urban development measures

At least USD 4 billion are additionally invested in CDIA-assisted and developed infrastructure projects


Principaux résultats attendus:  

An additional 60 cities successfully applies for CDIA support and are supported in their prioritization support

An additional 50 projects are prepared through project preparatory studies for linking to finance

An additional 80 projects are taken forward by financing institutions (2018 baseline: 80), whereof at least 15 projects are taken forward by financing institutions other than ADB as the prime financier

In at least 25 cities, institutional, organizational and human capacity are improved to implement the prepared projects

At least 2 national Project Development Facilities have improved know how on project preparation based on CDIA good practices

Principaux résultats antérieurs:  

Until the end of June 2018, CDIA supported over 140 Cities by in their strategic planning and investment process. CDIA has commissioned 92 PFS in 94 cities and managed to link 66 of them to downstream finance. These projects have leveraged an expected infrastructure investment value of USD 7.705,8 billion. Based on independent evaluations, the results achieved since 2008 and within the SECO support Strategy and Business plan 2013-2017 are highly satisfactory. The high relevance of CDIA?s mandate addressing a gap in development of infrastructure projects in rapidly growing medium sized cities in Asia was confirmed. CDIA has managed to build a leading brand in a previously unoccupied niche and has a unique position, as there is no other organization in the region to respond comparably to these needs. The prefeasibility studies (PFS) conducted were considered both innovative and highly relevant in the urban sector, and the overall body of work completed was assessed as excellent.

Direction/office fédéral responsable SECO
Crédit Coopération au développement
Partenaire de projet Partenaire contractuel
  • Banque asiatique de développement (Fund)

Budget Phase en cours Budget de la Suisse CHF    4’000’000 Budget suisse déjà attribué CHF    0 Budget y compris partenaires de projet CHF    4’000’000
Phases du projet Phase 2 01.01.2019 - 31.12.2022   (Phase en cours) Phase 1 06.06.2013 - 31.12.2018   (Completed)