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Accessing Our Services

Through its donor-funded activities, ICMA has acquired a depth of experience in building effective and accountable local governments and local government associations through targeted institutional development and sustainable capacity building in more than 70 countries worldwide. Our more than 10,000 members, representing local government executives and urban experts, provide a pool of practitioners that offer a unique, hands-on approach to resolving complex issues faced by local governments and communities at risk in developing and transitioning countries. ICMA’s services can be accessed directly or through the following mechanisms.


Advancing Basic Education: Access for All (ABE ACCESS) 

ICMA is a member of a team holding one of the awards under the Advancing Basic Education: Access for All (ABE ACCESS) IDIQ, formerly known as ECAFE. The team is headed by the Education Development Center. The purpose of the IDIQ is to support USAID missions and bureaus in addressing the agency’s Education Strategy in environments that may be or have been affected by crisis, conflict, fragility, and/or lawlessness. The award supports USAID’s goal of increased equitable access to education in crisis and conflict environments for 15 million learners by 2015.

ABE ACCESS will (1) assist USAID bureaus and missions in assessing, designing, implementing, coordinating, monitoring, and evaluating education programs in crisis/conflict-affected, fragile, and lawless environments; (2) manage and provide training services that will build the capacity of USAID and its partners to understand the role education plays in mitigating crisis, conflict, and fragility and to apply that understanding to effectively design and implement education programs in affected environments; and (3) provide services in research, guidance, assessment, monitoring and evaluation, and associated data collection and analyses in order to generate and disseminate results and knowledge related to education in crisis/conflict-affected, lawless and fragile situations.

For additional information, contact Isabelle Bully Omictin or Lianne Romahi at ICMA.


The USAID Clean Energy for Critical Priority Countries IDIQ will provide technical assistance to the energy sector in the USAID-designated critical priority countries (currently Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, South Sudan, and Yemen, subject to change). The task orders issued under the IDIQ contract will be designed to improve access to reliable and affordable clean energy; improve education, regulation, and governance in the energy sector; demonstrate the use of innovative technologies and business models; and assist with the transition to a low-carbon development trajectory.

ICMA is a member of a consortium headed by ECODIT, which was awarded one of two small-business set-asides. The period of performance is five years, beginning in 2013. For further information, contact Lianne Romahi at ICMA.

Clean Energy for Non-Critical Priority Countries

The USAID Clean Energy for Non-Critical Priority Countries IDIQ seeks to improve access to reliable and affordable clean energy, improve regulation and governance in the energy sector, demonstrate the use of innovative technologies and business models, and assist with the transition to a low carbon development trajectory—all focusing on meeting the challenge of promoting economic growth while minimizing greenhouse gas emissions that lead to global climate change. The focus of this IDIQ is on countries other than the critical priority countries of Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, and Sudan. ICMA is a member of a twelve-member consortium headed by ECODIT, a small business, which qualifies the consortium to compete for task orders reserved for small businesses.

The IDIQ addresses six energy sector themes (climate change, clean energy, energy poverty, energy sector governance, energy security, and energy sector reform). The consortium has capabilities to perform a range of key technical assistance activities, such as developing activities and strategy designs; creating enabling environments for clean energy development and energy sector reform (including legal, regulatory, and corporate governance structures and mechanisms); assisting in incorporating climate change into USAID Mission programs; increasing human resource capacity related to energy services; fostering private-sector participation and investment; facilitating innovative financing approaches (such as revolving funds, bond pools, advance market commitments, credit guarantees, and structured finance); assessing the environmental implications of energy services; and improving disaster preparations, responses and recovery in the energy sector.

The period of performance is five years, beginning December 10, 2012. Task orders may not exceed five years and may not extend beyond three years after the period of performance. For further information, contact Lianne Romahi at ICMA.

Human and Institutional Capacity Development

The purpose of the Human and Institutional Capacity Development (HICDpro) IDIQ is to provide services and technical support related to human and institutional capacity development (HICD) to USAID bureaus and missions throughout the world. USAID’s HICD model is defined as “a model of structured and integrated processes designed to identify fundamental causes of performance gaps in host country partner institutions, address those gaps through a wide array of performance solutions in the context of all human performance factors, and enable cyclical processes of continuous performance improvement through establishment of performance monitoring systems.” The IDIQ supports HICD activities through the provision of infrastructure for implementation, which includes a package of tools to aid in the design, implementation, research, evaluation, and success/impact reporting of performance solutions and by providing ongoing technical support to sponsoring units.
ICMA participates as a member of a team headed by Pragma. ICMA’s technical contribution to the partnership includes intergovernmental finance/fiscal decentralization, local government expenditure reform, local government tax reform, community-level development, democratic institutional strengthening, political and economic think-tank development, and human resource development planning and implementation in public and quasi-public sector institutions. For further information, contact Lianne Romahi at ICMA.

Making Cities Work 

ICMA is a team member on the Making Cities Work IDIQ, which provides USAID Washington and its missions with access to short- and long-term technical services, training, and capacity building in support of the Agency’s Policy on Sustainable Service Delivery in an Increasingly Urbanized World. The team is headed by ECODIT, one of the small business holders of the IDIQ.

Making Cities Work was formerly known as HABITAT (Helping Access Basic Infrastructure Technical Assistance and Training). It is a five-year contract covering technical interventions that aim to improve urban and local governance across five functional areas: (1) Public service delivery, with an emphasis on transportation, water, and sanitation; (2) autonomy, transparency, responsiveness, and accountability of urban and local governments; (3) enhanced ability to adapt to climate change and improve environmental management; (4) improved disaster preparedness, response, and recovery; and (5) improved urban and local government finance, creditworthiness, and borrowing. All task orders under $1 million are reserved for small business holders of the IDIQ, and task orders of any size may also be set aside for small businesses under the small business exception.

For further information, contact Lianne Romahi at ICMA.

USAID Leader with Associates (LWA) Agreements

ICMA has been awarded the City-to-City Partnerships Leader with Associates (LWA) and is a partner in a USAID LWA held by the Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA). 


The CityLinks program was awarded to ICMA by USAID for a five-year period beginning September 29, 2011. The program has a three-fold purpose, with a particular emphasis on the needs of the urban poor, especially women and children: 

  • To improve climate-related governance and systems in targeted urban areas
  • To increase resilience of vulnerable communities in cities of Feed the Future focus countries
  • To improve water supply and sanitation access in Global Health Initiative countries.

ICMA has assembled a team of partners and resource organizations with specific expertise and past performance in the identified technical areas, including climate change adaptation and mitigation, food security and nutrition, water infrastructure development and management, and creation of “pro-poor” programs and strategies. 

The LWA mechanism provides USAID missions with the opportunity to tap into the resources, expertise, and commitment of ICMA’s membership of local government practitioners. These professional managers, along with their department heads and staff, can bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to bear on municipal problems. ICMA can add value in another way as well—by drawing on years of organizational experience in designing and facilitating partnerships of this kind using its time-tested CityLinks approach.

Missions can use CityLinks Associate awards to initiate a new project that addresses unmet local and regional needs—or to enhance an existing project by harnessing supplementary resources from U.S. municipalities.

For additional information about CityLinks, contact David Grossman at ICMA.

Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA)

ICMA is a partner in the Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, founded in 2004 through a Leader with Associates (LWA) cooperative agreement, as a vehicle to allow USAID Economic Growth Officers to reach out to organizations providing technical experts in private, public, and NGO sector development. VEGA is the world’s largest consortium of economic growth volunteer organizations that collectively have assisted 140 developing and transitional countries by sending out more than 25,000 experts/advisers to help promote economic growth activities over the last 40 years. VEGA has a credible track record of delivering economic development programs with sustainable solutions throughout the developing world.  

About the VEGA LWA:

  • The end date is July 2017.
  • There is no award ceiling.
  • Programs awarded under the VEGA LWA can continue for five years beyond the July 2017 end date.
  • The VEGA LWA requires an internal competition among the member organizations, unlike other LWAs.

For further information, contact David Grossman at ICMA. 

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