The 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 core funding support of the governments of Sweden, Austria and Spain 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 (see www.cdia.asia) .
In recent months, CDIA has supported the cities of Palembang, Yogyakarta and Surakarta with the preparation of Pre-Feasibility Studies (PFS) for high priority infrastructure investment projects in the Urban Transport sector and we are currently in discussion with various financing agencies to secure funding for the identified investments.
To complement the Pre-Feasibility Studies in these 3 cities, CDIA commissioned a study on how Informal Public Transportation (IPT) offers alternatives to formal transportation systems and how IPT offers an alternative service to people in poverty and serves as a backbone of the informal economy. In doing so, the report describes how IPT improves mobility in cities by complementing formal transportation systems and argues that when IPT providers are given approriate support, local governments can fill gaps in service and extend reach of coverage when public resources as scarce.
We hope this report will be of interest to you and look forward to discussing its outcomes.
Joris van Etten
Capacity Development Coordinator/Indonesia Team-Leader
Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA)
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Suite 202-203 Hanston Bldg.
Emerald Avenue, Ortigas Center
Pasig City, 1600 Metro Manila