Partners & IQCs

Creative has earned the trust of clients, donors, host governments and communities around the world for its project implementation. Creative has developed a much-earned reputation for innovation, flexibility and technical excellence.

Creative’s work on behalf of clients—including development organizations from the United States, Canada and the European Union—has made a significant difference in the lives of millions of people around the world.

In addition to its world-class programming, Creative’s back-office functions (including finance, contract and legal departments) ensures that the organization is a good steward of resources, compliant with government regulations and responsive to client requests.

Private Sector Partnerships

The skills and resources of companies are changing the landscape of international development—while simultaneously raising their brand awareness, creating goodwill and even improving market share.

Creative works with companies to align their development goals with social and economic needs of communities. Creative approaches these endeavors with the recognition that companies are experts in products and markets, but may not have the experience or expertise in community-driven development.

Creative provides that bridge so multinational, national, and local firms may effectively collaborate with communities to envision and implement mutually beneficial endeavors.

Creative’s private sector engagement is based on nearly four decades of proven development strategies that have led to economic growth, educational improvement, and more responsive institutions for communities.


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U.S. Government Partnerships

Creative is the second largest company owned by women that works with the U.S. Government. Its competitive proposals, innovative programming and ability to meeting U.S. government contracting standards have earned Creative a reputation as a go-to implementer.

Creative works with the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. State Department and other government agencies that seeks to improve the conditions of underserved communities.

USAID’s Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity Contracts

An Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity Contract (IDIQ) or Indefinite Quantity Contract (IQC) allows USAID missions or offices to use the services of prequalified contractors through a limited competitive bidding process, expediting the award-making process. Since the IDIQ/IQCs are typically focused on specific technical areas, they allow for rapid response specialized technical support.

Creative is the prime holder of several IDIQ/IQCs in its core technical areas of expertise.

Small Business Partnerships

Creative knows what it’s like to be a small business, and the spirit of entrepreneurship that helped the organization grow inspires its work with small businesses today. Creative was founded in 1977 by four entrepreneurial and talented women from diverse backgrounds. Its first office was in a Washington, D.C., basement of one of the founder’s homes.

In keeping with the organization’s commitment to engaging and supporting small businesses—as well as its own history as a woman- and minority-owned business—Creative often engages them as subcontractors to fill specialized roles on its global development projects or for other needs at headquarters.

USAID named Creative its 2018 Large Business Partner of the Year in recognition of its work with small businesses.

Learn more about our small business partnerships.

Creative is one of 10 awardees of SWIFT 5, a U.S. government contract to support countries in transition. The award allows Creative to compete to implement critical transitions programming.

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Creative has been selected as an eligible provider of services to U.S. government agencies, including project management, consulting and research globally under the OASIS Pool 2 contract.

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To empower youth and advance programs that put them at the center of community change, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) selected Creative Associates International as one of six organizations to support initiatives and build the capacity of youth-led and youth-serving organizations.

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Creative Associates International provides support to Goal Three of USAID’s Education Strategy—which seeks equitable access to education for 15 million children in conflict and crisis-affected countries—as one of the holders of the “Advancing Basic Education: Access for All” Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (ABE: ACCESS IDIQ) contract.

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Creative Associates International has been awarded a five-year Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract, Advancing Basic Education: All Children Reading (ABE: ACR). Work under this IDIQ will support Goal One of the USAID Education Strategy to Improve reading skills for 100 million children in primary grades.

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Michael Zamba
Senior Director of Communications


Creative Associates International 5301 Wisconsin Ave., NW Suite 700
Washington, DC 20015
Tel. 202-966-5804
Fax: 202-363-4771

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