For more than 50 years, ICMA’s technical assistance programs have leveraged the expertise and best practices of our members and partners to build communities in the United States and around the world that are safe, inclusive, responsive, innovative, and resilient. ICMA develops practical solutions to help communities face global and local challenges such as pandemics, natural disasters, and economic downturns, as well as the everyday challenges of managing a community and providing services with limited resources.



Our Expertise

ICMA’s expertise in a wide range of technical areas helps build local capacity to meet economic, environmental, social, and public safety challenges.


CityLinks is a peer-to-peer learning methodology developed by ICMA to address global challenges.

International Affiliates

ICMA maintains affiliate relationships with local government professional organizations worldwide.

Strengthening Urban Resilience for Growth with Equity (SURGE) Project

The SURGE Project will improve economic competitiveness and resilience of cities outside of Metro Manila in the Philippines.


Making a Difference Around the World

About Global Programs

ICMA draws on the experience of local government practitioners, researchers, and expert consultants to design, implement, and evaluate local government projects worldwide.

Our Global Reach

From our home base in Washington, D.C., ICMA has touched municipalities throughout the world. We have implemented projects involving more than 70 countries on six continents.

ICMA China Center

The ICMA China Center was formally established in 2011 as a partnership between ICMA and the China University of Political Science and Law.

ICMA Europe

ICMA's platform for members, affiliates, and partners in Europe.

Our work on the ground

ICMA’s projects and programs span the globe—from Philadelphia to the Philippines—and address the technical areas that are priorities for effective and efficient local government management and leadership.


Across the World with ICMA and Affiliates

Climate Adaptation Program: Final Report Published

USAID/ICMA Planning for Climate Adaptation Program aimed to improve the resilience of people to the adverse impacts of climate change in the Dominican Republic.

A Transformational Experience: Reflections from the CLAIR Fellowship

International Committee Chair Michele Meade shares her thoughts after attending the Local Government Exchange and Cooperation Seminar in Japan.

The Tranter-Leong Fellowship

The Tranter-Leong fellowships enable ICMA members to "think globally, act locally."

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Digitizing Local Services with Blockchain in 2019

Blockchain has the potential to improve local government efficiency and data integrity. Learn how the country of Estonia made this a reality.