What is MDP?

The Municipal Development Partnership is an active and hands-on capacity building facility with the aim of enabling effective self-governance at local level in Sub-Saharan Africa. It promotes alternative development approaches to problems and issues that affect local authorities by placing emphasis on ownership and direct participation of key stakeholders.

The MDP operates in 25 countries in Eastern and Southern Africa with focus placed on the following countries; Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland,  Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.   Read More>>


The Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Zimbabwe released a grant to the tune of 1.8 million Euros to support a 30 month project aimed at strengthening the institutional and operational capacity of Local Authorities and the Associations of Local Authorities in Zimbabwe.  The project is co-financed by the Association of Netherlands Municipalities (VNG International) and the Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF) and falls under the EU Delegation’s Non-State Actors and Local Authorities in Development program (NSA-LA). Read More >>


Zimbabwe Hosts United Cities and Local Government of Africa Southern Africa Regional Office (UCLGA-SARO) Executive Meeting

The reintegration of Zimbabwe into the umbrella body for local governments in Africa, UCLGA saw several representatives from Local Government Associations across Sub-Saharan Africa converging in Harare for their Executive Committee meeting, held from 15 – 16 April, 2019.  This meeting follows the UCLGA-SARO AGM which was held in Windhoek in November 2018, which was attended by a ZILGA delegation with support from LACEP a project funded by the European Union and being implemented by the Municipal Development Partnership and VNG International in partnership with the UCAZ and ARDCZ. Read More>>