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Making a Difference

ICMA International programs have improved the lives of hundreds of thousands if not millions of people in countries around the world. Here are some examples.

Service Delivery

Children in Khost, Afghanistan, were able to return to school when water service was restored to the city through ICMA's Afghanistan Municipal Strengthening Program. Learn more . . .

The city of Tirana, Albania, improved its solid waste management practices through a CityLinks partnership with a U.S. county. Learn more . . .

In Afghanistan, the water supply department in Ghazni improved its efficiency and increased its revenues by hiring a brother-and-sister team to read water meters. Learn more . . .

Water system improvements in two Indian cities brought clean, reliable drinking water to tens of thousands of residents and increased revenue sources for the cities. Learn more . . .

Cities in Bulgaria reduced pressure on landfills and increased the efficiency of their solid waste management systems by implementing composting programs. Learn more . . .

Trash collection and street cleaning improved sanitation in Kabul as demand outstripped the ability of the municipality to provide needed services. Learn more . . .

Infrastructure Improvements

Lives were saved thanks to a safety wall constructed through the Afghanistan Municipal Strengthening Program on a mountainous road in Panjshir Province. Learn more . . .

ICMA built a park that provided children in Kabul, Afghanistan, with a safe place to learn about traffic from a driver's point of view. Learn more . . .

Two tsunami-ravaged cities in India implemented flood mitigation improvements, thanks to an ICMA CityLinks program. Learn more . . .

A trash dump was converted into a tree-lined pedestrian walkway in Kabul, Afghanistan. Learn more . . .

Local Economic Development

Five cities in Lebanon developed tailored, viable local economic development strategies with input from community stakeholders. Learn more . . .

A consortium of cities in Bulgaria created an economic development strategy that resulted in job creation and new investment. Learn more . . .

Transparent Governance

Bolivian cities implemented transparent, competitive procurement practices through a "reverse procurement fair" mechanism. Learn more . . .

Municipalities in Mexico are using indicators that measure the level of transparency in their practices. Learn more . . .

With input from citizens, the city of Tirana, Albania, improved its solid waste management practices. Learn more . . . 

Citizen Involvement

Students, professors, and community members came together as volunteers to clean up the campus of Nangarhar University in Jalalabad, Afghanistan—the first cleanup of the campus in three decades. Learn more . . .

School children, parents, and other community volunteers devoted 1,200 person-days of labor to construct playgrounds in two Indian cities following the tsunami of 2004. Learn more . . .

Sports events and other activities encourage young people in Afghanistan to stay in their home communities and eventually come to view public service as a potential career. Learn more . . .