National Institute of Public Administration

National Institute of Public Administration


The National Institute of Public Administration (NIPA) was established in 1962, initially as a staff training college for the civil service of the then Northern Rhodesia. The decision to establish the college arose out of the perceived dearth of experienced African administrators and skilled personnel, to take over the administration and management of the public service on the country’s attainment of independence on 24th October, 1964. At the time the decision was taken, most, if not all key and strategic positions were occupied by expatriate personnel.

Until 1966, the focus of the college’s programmes was the civil service. However,
conscious of the fact that political independence alone was not adequate to address the aspirations of the people of Zambia, the Government embarked on radical
economic policy reforms.The Government believed that developing and promoting the parastatal sector would enable the people to participate fully in the economic
development of their country.

These developments led to changes in the training requirements of the country, which
influenced the college to broaden the areas of concentration of its training programmes, to take into account the emerging training needs of commerce and
industry. In the light of this new and broader agenda, the name of the college was changed from Staff Training College to National Institute of Public Administration

Therefore, in line with the Public Service Reform Programme (PSRP) introduced in
1993, the Institute was restructured along with other government ministries and
organisations. It underwent various processes from 1993 to 1997, culminating in the enactment of the NIPA Act, No. 15 of 1998 which paved the way for the transformation
of NIPA from a conventional government training institution, into an autonomous and self-financing one.

It began its operations as new NIPA in January, 2000.


  • AJPAM Vol XVI, No. 1 • January 2005
  • James Gavin