When ICMA began its program there, Guyana was one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere and was divided politically along racial lines. Because of political conflicts, the country’s third largest city, New Amsterdam, had not held elections for six years, and city services were poor or nonexistent.

In response to a request from USAID/Guyana and the USAID Office of Urban Programs, ICMA established a limited Resource Cities partnership between New Amsterdam and the city of Huntsville, Texas, to develop a strategy for tackling some of New Amsterdam’s challenges.

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