ECODIT Awarded USAID/CAR Energy Links Project17/10/2014
USAID recently awarded ECODIT a five-year contract for the Central Asian Republics (CAR) Energy Links project, to increase national energy security across the Central Asia region, defined as Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. The project’s four anticipated outcomes are: (1) increased transparent intra- and inter-regional energy trade; (2) Improved legal and regulatory framework and investment climate for the countries’ energy sectors; (3) improved corporate governance, operations, and commercialization of the energy companies; and (4) improved energy efficiency and demand side management.
In line with its focus on local solutions and high-impact partnerships, ECODIT will work with two regional organizations, the University of Central Asia (UCA) and the Central Asian Regional Environmental Centre (CAREC), as well as three leading international firms - Deloitte, Pierce Atwood and ICF International - to achieve project outcomes and advance Central Asia’s energy security.
ECODIT Awarded USAID Making Cities Work IDIQ 08/10/2014
ECODIT is one of the small business holders of the newly awarded USAID Making Cities Work (formerly called HABITAT) IDIQ, a five-year contract with a combined ceiling of $650 Million. Making Cities Work will provide 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.
Making Cities Work will cover technical interventions that aim to improve urban and local governance across the following 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. Under the Making Cities Work IDIQ, all task orders under $1 Million will be 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.
PAP Shares Successes at Closing Workshop01/10/2014
The USAID-funded Public Action for Water, Energy and Environment Project (PAP) held its closing workshop on September 11, 2014, capping off five years of work supporting conservation efforts in Jordan. PAP focused on changing the behavior of Jordanians (with a focus on youth) in terms of water and energy use (and solid waste management) by using social marketing tools and campaigns.
USAID Jordan Mission Director Beth Paige welcomed the dozens of attendees, who represented PAP’s partners, non-government organizations, donors, and government bodies.
The presentations highlighted PAP’s achievements, including: Creation of over 15,000 Youth Environmental Advocates through the Elak Maslaha campaign; Production of 42 short comedic films, targeted at 18-35 year olds and promoting household and water conservation; Publication of twelve children’s books related to water, energy, and environment in Jordan; Training of some 240 youth as Young Water Reporters so that they can report on water- related issues in Jordan; Launch of the “I Am Change” water and energy exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Jordan; Development of Recommended Management Practices in energy use for hotels in Jordan; and Improvement of customer service at Miyahuna, a water utility.
For more information on PAP, please see www.jordanpap.com or https://www.facebook.com/PAP4WEE
ECODIT Receives Clean Energy Award from USAID/DRC 05/09/2014
This September ECODIT will begin implementing a two-year Task Order awarded by the USAID/ Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Mission under the Clean Energy IDIQ. Under this Task Order, ECODIT will provide a Senior Energy Advisor to the Democratic Republic of Congo Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to provide high-level advice, technical assistance, and policy support to key Government of DRC (GDRC) counterparts, including the PMO and existing advisors; the Ministry of Energy and Water; the Ministry of Portfolio; the state-owned utility, Societé Nationale d’Electricité (SNEL); and the “delivery unit” for the government’s flagship Inga 3 Hydropower Project, the Comité de Gestion de Inga 3 (CGI3). The technical foci of this task order will include (1) the Inga 3 BC Hydropower Project; (2) power sector legal and regulatory frameworks; (3) reform of SNEL; (4) generation, transmission and distribution concessions; and (5) electrification via grid extension and mini grids.
This Task order is ECODIT’s first award under the Clean Energy for non-Critical Priority Countries (non-CPCs) IDIQ, a $350M ceiling multiple-award contract to provide technical assistance services in the energy sector including those that seek to address climate change, energy sector governance and reform, energy poverty, and energy security.