RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC— RTI International has been named a prime contractor on the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) "Making Cities Work" indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract (IDIQ). The goal of the program is to improve urban and local governance in 112 countries in key functional areas including public service delivery, accountability, climate change management, and urban finance.
"RTI is very excited to be included in this contract, and we're confident that our consortium of experts will deliver the solutions that urban and local governments require to better meet the needs and expectations of their citizens in this era of rapid urbanization around the globe," said Philip Schwehm, vice president of Governance and Economic Development in RTI's International Development Group.
The RTI Consortium includes partners with a wide range of expertise and proven implementation capacity who together can provide a comprehensive approach and achieve significant and reliably-measured improvements. The partners include:
- Bankworld, a Small Disadvantaged Business
- Cardno TEC, Inc./Cardno Emerging Markets USA, Ltd
- Development and Training Systems, Inc. (dTS), a Women-Owned, Small Disadvantaged Business
- Innovative Emergency Management, Inc. (IEM)
- Integra Government Services LLC (Integra), a Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business
- Local Development International LLC (LDI), a Small Business
- Overseas Strategic Consulting, Ltd., a Small Business
- Relief International (RI)
- The Institute for International Urban Development (I2UD)
Together, the Consortium partners oversee active projects covering every global focal point where urban and environmental challenges are high, capacity is low, and USAID assistance is needed.
The 5-year contract, worth up to $650 million, is the newest chapter in RTI's partnership with USAID on urban policies, which dates back more than 30 years and includes seven successive IDIQs, including the current Sustainable Urban Management (SUM) II IDIQ. RTI has worked with USAID since 1983 to address urbanization challenges by engaging national and subnational governments, civil society organizations, and the private sector to change the incentives to tackle insecurity, poverty and environmental degradation.
As part of the contract, RTI will work to address some of the most serious challenges created by a rapidly urbanizing world. Two-thirds of the world's population will be urban by 2030, with 90 percent of the growth taking place in developing countries. This is increasing the demand for basic services, infrastructure, land, and affordable housing while increasing vulnerabilities to climate change, disasters, and public health risks.
- Democratic Republic of Congo: Good Governance Program
- Ecuador: Municipal Strengthening Project
- El Salvador: Municipal Competitiveness Project
- Indonesia: Kinerja Local Governance Service Improvement Program
To learn more about Making Cities Work, please click here