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Our Charter

2006 - 2016 Strategic Plan

MDP-ESA 2010 - 2012 Partnership Plan

MDP-ESA/RUAF Foundation From Seed to Table ( FStT) 2010 - 2012 Program


The Municipal Development Partnership for Eastern and Southern Africa 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 Municipal Development Partnership for Eastern and Southern Africa  operates in 25 countries in Eastern and Southern Africa namely: Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Comoros, DR Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mauritius, Malawi, Mozambique, Zamibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.



The Municipal Development Partnership (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.



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.



To enable and support decentralization, strengthen the capacity of local governments to deliver services and ensure development at local level as a vehicle for improving the quality of life of local communities.



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


  1. Provide a platform for analyzing, debating and promoting policy leading to more democratic and responsive governing structures at local level.

  2. Build capacities of local government and their associations.

  3. Act as a catalyst for improving communication and generating consensus among African Institutions, NGOs and international development agencies.

  4. Promote municipal partnerships, decentralized cooperation and joint action.

  5. Complement and support regional initiatives relevant to local government.

  6. Manage and disseminate good practices.


  1. Respond to African initiatives that are self-identified, defined and requested.

  2. Link policy studies to active debate through seminars and training sessions.

  3. Emphasize regional issues that can be applied nationally and locally.

  4. Forge closer and more participatory relationships between and amongst local government actors at local level.

  5. Forge closer and more participatory relationships between African local government institutions and donors.

  6. Build African capacities by having activities identified and conducted by African experts and institutions.

  7. Encourage civic education empowerment and participation in local decision-making.

  8. Encourage networking as a way of strengthening local government institutions.

MDP's Overall Achievements

  1. Extended the debate on decentralization and local government issues across the region and sectors, resulting in better understanding of how to manage and foster good governance and related reforms.

  2. Facilitated an extensive and solid analysis of sectorial issues such as improved service delivery, financing local governments from the perspective of beneficiaries and local practitioners resulting in informed decision making.

  3. Assisted local governments to develop specific problem solving tools and how to apply them in carrying out their mandates.

  4. Assisted to establish an enabling environment for local government by supporting policy level interventions. Policy debates generated by local governments and their associations have resulted in positive and constructive engagement between central governments and local actors.

  5. Brought to the fore value adding local initiatives that would otherwise go unattended to for lack of alternative sources of financial and technical support. MDP provided critical assistance at strategic points through a sequence of operations.

  6. Cultivated a sense of ownership and commitment through participatory processes in planning, budgeting and problem solving that has contributed towards sustainable and cost-effective interventions.

  7. Developed a niche in the region as a hands on capacity building and development agency that seeks to improve the quality of life of local communities.

  8. Established mechanisms and tools for managing interfaces and conflicts between various levels of governance and functions.

  9. Gained recognition as a credible and respectable organization capable of building cohesive partnerships and networks that respond to regional challenges effectively.

  10. Established a network of partners dealing with decentralization, local government capacity building and local economic development issues.

  11. Exposed participating institutions to new ideas and approaches


For More Information Contact:

The Regional Director

Municipal Development Partnership - ESA

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