The commissioning of CLGTI

Chalimbana Local Government Training Institute (CLGTI) KFW Project Commissioned

Under the umbrella of German-Zambian Development Cooperation, the German Government has been steadfastly supporting Zambia’s endeavours to decentralize local government authorities since 2004. Collaborating with both GIZ and KfW, this partnership aims to bolster the capacity of local governance structures.

A significant milestone in this cooperative effort was reached on December 14th, 2023, with the commissioning of the Chalimbana Local Government Training Institute (CLGTI) KfW project. Commissioned by the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Hon. Garry Nkombo, signifies a concerted push to expand the institute to meet the escalating demand for specialized governance training. Acknowledging the pivotal role of the institute in empowering local government practitioners to lead the devolution program, Mr. Nkombo expressed gratitude for the support extended by the Federal Republic of Germany.

Her Excellency Dr. Anne Wagner Mitchell, the German High Commissioner to Zambia, disclosed that the Republic of Germany had disbursed a total of 10 million Euros to facilitate the expansion and modernization of the training institute.

Mr. James Paipi, Principal of the Chalimbana Local Government Institute, revealed that the grant for expansion and modernization was channeled through KfW-German Development Bank in two phases: 8 million Euros in 2016 and 2 million Euros in 2022. These funds were utilized for a range of infrastructure and educational projects, including the construction of hostels, staff residences, a library, administrative facilities, and classrooms. Additionally, investments were made in ICT infrastructure, a modern sewer treatment plant, a computer lab, and sponsorship of staff for master’s programs. The second phase focused on road paving, installation of a grey-water irrigation system, and rehabilitation of existing infrastructure.