Management Development Institute (MDI) was established in 1982 by an Act of Parliament to provide management training, consultancy and research to the public, private and NGO sectors. Since its inception, MDI has worked successfully towards the fulfillment of its objectives. The institution was actively involved in the implementation of the Government’s Administrative Reform Programme (ARP) developed in 1986 and played a key role in providing technical advice and input in all administrative reform policy statements submitted to the Cabinet and adopted by the Government.

The Institute also trained and equipped Government officials with the necessary skills to fulfill the objectives of major Government development programs such as the Economic Recovery Programme (ERP) of the 1980s, the Programme for Sustained Development (PSD) of the 1990s, Strategy for Poverty Alleviation (SPA) of the 2000s and most recently, the Programme for Accelerated Growth and Employment (PAGE).

This is what initially constituted the core mandate of the MDI and which was guided by key strategic priorities such as improved service delivery, quality and access; improved efficiency of human resource management and development practices, norms and standards, among many others.

MDI continues to train and equip officials in the public and private sectors and in non-governmental (NGOs) with the necessary skills and attitudes to realize the numerous national development aspirations and blueprints.