About Us

Welcome to the Chalimbana Local Training Institute (CLGTI), strategically located just 45 kilometers east of Lusaka, Zambia’s capital city. Settled on a sprawling 125-hectare expanse, our institute has a rich history dating back to 1939 when experimental courses were conducted for chiefs by the African Education Department.

Originally established as the “African Local Government School” in 1951, our institution has undergone several transformations, reflecting the evolving landscape of local governance in Zambia. Over the years, our curriculum has expanded to encompass a wide array of subjects, including Local Government Administration, Finance, Law, Social and Economic Services, among others.

As Zambia gained independence, the role of chiefs evolved, leading to the establishment of rural councils in place of native authorities. This pivotal moment shaped the focus of our training programs, emphasizing the need to equip local authority staff with the skills required to effectively manage these newly formed councils.

In 1979, CLGTI underwent a significant transition, becoming a campus of the National Institute of Public Administration under the personnel division. This move marked a new chapter in our journey, enabling us to further refine our offerings and enhance our impact.

In 1985, a presidential directive realigned our institute under the Ministry of Decentralization, solidifying our focus on training staff from Local Authorities. This directive presented both a challenge and an opportunity, prompting us to re-examine our objectives and refocus our efforts on driving meaningful change at the local level.

The United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (HABITAT) transitioned to the National Institute of Public Administration (NIPA), marking the inception of a community participation program in 1988. Concurrently, the Finnish Development Agency (FINNIDA) initiated short courses addressing transportation challenges within councils. A mechanical workshop, overseen by the Transport Assistant Project (TAP) under the Ministry of Decentralization, was constructed at the institute to facilitate these courses. These additions complemented existing programs such as the Certificate in Accounts and Business Studies (CABS), established in 1972.

Throughout our history, we have been led by a distinguished line-up of principals, each contributing to the growth and development of our institute, these including M.M. Heggs, P.G.D. Clark, C.M.N. Whites, D.C. Goodfellow, D.F.H. Frost, A.C. North, and A.L. Andrew. Notably, Mr. F.H.F. Schofield served as the first principal post-independence until 1970, succeeded by Mr. A.K. Kambikambi. Subsequent leaders included Mr. M.L. Wakunguma, Mr. M.M. Manda, and Mr. G.S.S. Syamooba., Mr. Frank Kunda. Today, under the leadership of Mr. James Paipi, we continue to uphold our legacy of excellence and innovation.

CLGTI embarked on a transformative journey with support from the German-Zambian Development Cooperation and KFW-German Development Bank. Through this partnership a grant to expand and modernize the institute was disbursed through KFW-German Development Bank in two phases of 8 Million Euros in 2016 and 2 Million Euros in 2022 funding Zambia’s decentralization efforts. This enabled us to modernize and expand our facilities, including the rehabilitation of existing buildings, construction of hostels, staff houses, a library, and an administrative block. Additionally, infrastructure such as an optic fiber cable to enhance our ICT capabilities and an ultra-modern sewer treatment plant were installed. The project also sponsored CLGTI staff for master’s programs, demonstrating our commitment to continuous professional development. 

The overall goal is that service delivery and public participation at the local levels are improved according to the provisions of the National Development Plan (NDP) and the Zambian decentralisation policy. The CLGTI has been strengthen in its abilities to build capacity of local authorities by training of local authority staff, of elected local representatives and of chiefs through sustainable utilisation of the improved and extended Chalimbana Local Government Training Institute (CLGTI).

At CLGTI, we currently offer a comprehensive range of courses designed to equip individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary for effective governance and administration at the local level. Our courses cover various aspects of local government administration, finance, law, social services, and more. 

These courses are delivered through various formats, including post-graduate diploma, undger graduate degree, diploma, short seminars, workshops, certificate programs, and customized training sessions tailored to the specific needs of our clients. Additionally, our institute is committed to staying abreast of emerging trends and best practices in local governance, ensuring that our curriculum remains relevant and up-to-date.

Whether you are a local government official, elected representative, traditional authority, or aspiring to work in the field of local governance, CLGTI provides the necessary training and resources to support your professional development and contribute to the sustainable development of communities.

Through these initiatives, the modern Chalimbana Local Government Training Institute remains dedicated to promoting effective governance and sustainable development at the local level. Join us as we continue to shape the future of local governance in Zambia.