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 >>


The MDP-ESA Virtual Campus aimed at bringing together local government practitioners and their stakeholders from all over Africa to learn and share knowledge through various courses with an objective of improving local governance in Africa. E-learning has proved to be effective in our modern day capacity building needs as it allows a great deal of flexible. Read More >>