The Municipal Development Programme (MDP) was launched in May 1991 to improve the capacity of local governments and support the process of decentralization in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Programme has two regional offices: the Western and Central African office in Cotonou, Benin and the Eastern and Southern African office in Harare, Zimbabwe. Both units collaborate closely but maintain separate regional offices in order to increase administrative flexibility and respond to different local government modalities in Western and Eastern and Southern Africa. Each unit has a Board of Directors composed of Mayors, Town Clerks and local government practitioners and representatives of donor agencies.  

Our Vision  

MDP aspires to become a leading, credible and respectable center of excellence on critical and strategic matters relating to local government in Sub-Saharan Africa.  

Our Mission  

To enable local governments and associated institutions increasingly deliver quality services to the satisfaction of their constituencies.


 In pursuit of its mission MDP’s main objectives are to:  

- Provide a platform for analyzing, debating and promoting policy leading to more democratic and responsive governing   structures at local level.
- Build capacities of local government and their associations.
- Act as a catalyst for improving communication and generating consensus among African institutions, NGOs and international development agencies.
- Promote municipal partnerships, decentralised cooperation and joint action.
- Complement and support regional initiatives relevant to local government..
- Manage and disseminate good practices.

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