MDP utilises the knowledge, tools, techniques, and other training modules in skills development where these are identified by clients as areas of need.  To achieve multiplier results, training needs will be linked, to institutional development needs.


  • To help municipalities accord priority to human resource development as the key to quality service delivery including policies on training.
  • To make evident, through publications and training, to local government managers and the public at large the impact of perverse incentives on the quality, responsiveness, and sustainability of local services.
  • To support programs for improving knowledge, skills, and new approaches, methods, and techniques required for municipal officials in areas of policy analysis, governance, institutional development, and management.
  • To sensitise public managers based on research that identifies major or human development challenges facing local governments such as urban poverty gender inequalities, and environmental degradation that retard development.
  • To enable municipalities to ensure accountability by implementing objective systems measuring and rewarding good performance and skills of monitoring and evaluation.


  • Support application of tools that are appropriate for human resources.
  • Develop policies, planning, utilisation, and professional development and commission research in this area.
  • Help national training institutions design and implement training courses that promote efficiency and effectiveness in areas such as performance and financial management and strategic planning.
  • Offer gender training and sensitisation to officials in local government, thereby promoting the adoption of affirmative and deliberate policies that ensure the equitable participation of women in all MDP activities.
  • Disseminate and make available, directly or indirectly training materials and experience of others within and outside the region by supporting networking among national institutions.
  • Facilitate the establishment of networks among institutions providing training for local governments,

Implementation Strategy

The strategy of this component is to utilise the tools, techniques, and materials developed in Phases I and II as well as materials that have been developed by partner institutions.  For training purposes, extensive use will be made of the manuals, modules, and handbooks developed by UNCHS (Habitat), and UMP on a wide range of management issues and leadership sensitisation on governance and urban management capacity building.  National training institutes will be assisted in the design and implementation of their strategic plans and will be introduced to new approaches for addressing human development issues that go beyond conventional approaches.  MDP will strengthen support for networking among training institutes and university faculties working in this sector.  In Phase III, MDP will devolve most of the training activities at the local level to local institutes, while maintaining the lead in providing regional and high-level capacity-building activities.

Expected Impact

  • Policy frameworks on human resource development for effective local government in regional and national training institution will be, established.
  • Municipalities will adopt good practices in Promoting productivity, reliability, and sustainability of service, delivery.
    Networking among training institutions of the region and related professional groups will be improved and effective.
  • A critical mass of change will be established as local government and specialised institutions in four of the focus countries contribute in a definitive manner to the transformation of local authorities.

The issue of gender equity as a systematic human resource consideration will be established in at least two focus countries

Sub- Programmes Under HRD

The Human Resources Development Component has the following sub-programmes running under it:

  • Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations Course
  • African Local Government Action Forum
  • Local Economic Development
  • Urban and City Management
  • Municipal Digital Radio Programme


Background Information on Training and capacity Building

Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations and Financial Management

  1. IGRF1:Emerging issues from fiscal Decentralisation Study carried out in six African Countries (Zambia, Senegal, Ghana, Swaziland, Uganda and Zimbabwe by Zarubabel Ogom Ojoo
  2. IGRF2: Decentralisation and Emerging Patterns of Local Governance a comparative analysis of Uganda, Zimbabwe and Zambia by AHJ (Bert) Helmsing
  3. IGRF3: Local Financial Management Course for Sub-Saharan Africa: Municipal credit and access to credit by Justus J Mika
  4. IGRF4: Fiscal Decentralisation in Developing Countries: A Review of Current Concepts and Practice by Paul Smoke
  5. IGRF5: Facilitating Investment in Zimbabwe in the New Millennium: The Case study of the City Of Kwekwe: Zimbabwe by Wilfred E Chihambakwe
  6. IGRF6: Local Financial Management Course for Sub-Saharan Africa: Revenue Assignment and Management by Zerubabel Ogom Ojoo
  7. IGRF7: Political Economy of Fiscal Relations and Poverty Reduction by Professor AC Mosha
  8. IGRF8: Local Financial Management Course for Sub-Saharan Africa: Partnership Development for Sustainable Poverty Reduction by S Wenkere Kisembo
  9. IGRF9: Comparative Intergovernmental Fiscal Profiles in Selected Countries by Robert F Wagner

Pilot Municipal Anti-Corruption Distance Learning Course for Anglophone Africa

  1. The Victoria Falls Charter – A Charter For Building Integrity In Local Government Administration In  East    And Southern Africa
  2. Service Delivery Surveys: Case Studies Of Pilot Surveys In Kwekwe And Marondera, Zimbabwe
  3. Pilot Municipal Anti-Corruption Course For Anglophone Africa 23 April 2002 – 25 June 2002: Session Unit 2.2 External Diagnostic Instruments
  4. Presentations
  5. Report on the Regional Workshop on the Decentralization and Development of Local Integrity Systems in Sub-Saharan Africa, Durban, South Africa 18 – 20 November 1998

Africa Local Government Action Forum (ALGAF)

ALGAF Phase IV – October 2003 – September 2004

  1. ALGAF IV Topics and Resource Persons Matrix

ALGAF Phase III – October 2002 – September 2003

  1. ALGAF III Brochure
  2. Presentations: Fiscal Reforms and Service Delivery for Poverty Reduction in Sub-Saharan Africa

ALGAF Phase II – November 2001 – August 2002

  1. Presentations: Linking Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations to Poverty Reduction

ALGAF Pilot Phase  – August 2000 – June 2001

  1. Presentations:

Local Economic Development

  1. Activity brief for resource persons
  2. REVISED AGENDA – October 2001
  3. LED course learning objectives
  4. Sustainable development at COEGA?– Problems and an alternative
  5. Entrepreneurship And Enterprise Development
  6. Enterprise And Business Development Framework
  7. Housing And Settlement Upgrading
  8. Land And Land Use Development Presented By P. Itai Mbiriri
  9. Local Economic Development Quick Reference
  10. Planning For Urban Economic Development: Contemporary Directions And Challenges From The South African Experience
  11. MDP LED Case Studies From The Region
  12. Women In Local Government In Eastern And Southern Africa (Part 1)
  13. Women In Local Government In Eastern And Southern Africa (Part 2)
  14. Tourism And Local Economic Development: The Case Of The Highlands Meander
  15. Urban Poverty, Livelihoods And Gender
  16. PowerPoint 2000 (c) Presentations: ( – you need WinZip®  for this download
  17. Proceedings from the MDP, University of Zimbabwe and Institute of Social Studies, The Hague The Netherlands Regional Policy Workshop on Local Economic Development  29 October –2 November 2001

Urban And City Management Course

  1. Capacity Building for Financing Municipal Mobility- Ghana Presentation
  2. Ndubiwa’s U&CM Paper
  3. Ethiopia Final Evaluation report
  4. Global context – African presentation
  5. Local Economic Development – Mike Mensah
  6. Manikai Presentation City Strategy & Governance – April 4
  7. George Matovu’s Opening Speech
  8. Matrix of Activities
  9. Planning & Management for Urban Environment – Mubvami Presentation
  10. Press release
  11. Public Private Partnerships – African Presentation – Kissembo
  12. Reducing Corruption Africa presentation
  13. Revenue Raising, Budgeting and Finance – J. Mika Presentation
  14. Tanzania City Strategy presentation 9 May
  15. Tanzania Final Evaluation Report
  16. U&CM Course Announcement
  17. Uganda City Development Strategy
  18. Uganda final evaluation report
  19. Urban poverty reduction strategies – Balihuta Presentation
  20. Urban Transport presentation – Mathewos Asfaw
  21. Urban and City Management Course for Africa Kampala, Uganda – 4-8 March 2002
  22. Reducing Corruption At The Local Government Level
  23. Urban and City Management Distance Learning Course for Ethiopia, Ghana, Tanzania and Uganda Reducing Corruption at the Local Government Level by Yaw Boachie-Danquah
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