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CCI is a sub-contractor to the International City/County Managers Association (ICMA) in its renewed 5-year contract with the Office of Environment and Urban Programs for training and technical assistance in support of municipal development programs. CCI provides a variety of support services as well as managing Urban Development Associates who are funded by ICMA and work as interns for ICMA and the USAID Office of Environment and Urban Programs.
CCI is responsible for monitoring and reviewing
International Development Associate performance and periodically assessing the Office's
staffing needs. In addition to the Associates based in Washington, D.C., CCI has also
recruited, placed, and supervised short-term and long-term International Development
Associates in USAID's Regional Urban Development Offices and in the field in Latin
America, Asia, Africa, and Eastern Europe.
CCI provides long-term project management as well as
technical assistance in the form of short-term, on-site consultants, who are selected from
a specialized professional talent bank from CCI's proposed consortium of sub-contractors.
CCI's talent bank also includes independent consultants, both U.S. and Indian, with
professional expertise in relevant subject areas. Training consists of long-term and
short-term participant training and both U.S. and third-country study tours.
During this three-year project, which began in 1998,
Community Consulting International is responsible for the Housing and Management
The Morocco Urban and Environmental Services Project works to improve the quality of life for Morocco's urban poor by improving the management of urban water resources and expanding housing opportunities for below-median income families. The project works, in part, through USAID's Housing Guaranty Program to support the National Shelter Upgrading Agency and the Fond d'Equipment Communal (the national-level municipal finance agency) to strengthen and build capacity of these key institutions.
As a subcontractor to Technical Support Services, Inc., CCI
provides technical consultation and procurement assistance as part of the Morocco Urban
and Environmental Services Project. CCI assistance focuses on information technology and
management information systems that are targeted to build the capacity of the Moroccan
public sector to manage information and communicate with its citizens. CCI advises the
project's prime contractor on the design of assistance in information technology. CCI's
procurement services built the capacity of the National Shelter Upgrading Agency (l'Agence
Nationale de lutte contre l'Habitat Insalubre) and as well as three Moroccan
municipalities. CCI joined the project team in 1996, and in 1998, CCI continues assistance
targeted toward a dozen central and regional offices of the National Shelter Upgrading
As part of a multi-organizational team, CCI also assisted
the NHC in designing and implementing a sales program to sell approximately one-third of
its units. This program is now generating working capital for NHC to capitalize new
development, and it is also creating a private market for ownership of single family and
multi-family housing. The third and final stage of assistance to NHC will focus on the
development of public-private partnerships for new construction projects, and greatly
improving management operations, especially maintenance, telecommunications, and the
computerization of remote areas.
With plans in hand, the community development corporation held meetings with 2,500 potential beneficiaries and raised about 100,000 Rand in good faith deposits. Goldfields executed an agreement with the City of Welkom to transfer 100 acres of land to a development corporation jointly managed by Goldfields and the municipality. Goldfields applied to the National Housing Finance Corporation for start-up funding and received approval for a 75,000 Rand grant from a major South African Bank.
Goldfields is a new South African community development corporation established to increase the supply of housing in affordable and self-reliant communities in partnership with municipalities in the Provinces of Orange Free State and North-West. The CDC has set out to foster and serve as a model for the nonprofit development approach to housing development.
Housing is a fundamental concern of South Africa's majority
disadvantaged population. Estimates place the need at more than 2 million houses. More
than 40% of all households have monthly incomes below 800 Rand ($165). The situation is
exceptionally distressing for black women: About 35% of black households are female headed
with household incomes, on average, 18% less that male-headed Black households.
CCI developed three workshops for the Mongolia Housing Privatization Project: Housing Privatization provided participants with an overview of the principles and characteristics of private ownership and of the practical considerations and necessary steps for implementation of a privatization program.
Community Associations introduced participants to the basic types of private ownership of housing property and offered general information on all aspects of community associations.
Management and Maintenance introduced participants to the
basics of private property management, including the financial and organizational
strategies that a company can use to ensure that it meets its goals. The course also
covered general asset management and included information on insurance, the investment of
reserves and long-range financial planning.