Located in the Centre of Lusaka, Zambia the National Institute of Public Administration (NIPA) was established by the British Colonial government in 1963 as a Staff Training College (STC).
The focus for the institute then was to provide management, supervisory and clerical training to African Civil Servants working for the colonial civil service in Northern Rhodesia as Zambia was called then.
The institute has since then under gone a number of changes.
In 1966 the STC was transformed into National Institute of Public Administration (NIPA) and its focus was more on training the post-independence civil service and public servants in management.
In 1998 NIPA was transformed into a semi-autonomous public institution under the Act No 15 of 1998. The new NIPA started operating in 2000. The new NIPA as a semi-autonomous institution has its own Board of Directors (Governing Council) and it’s Chief Executive (Executive Director).
As a result of this major shift in status, NIPA lost its monopoly over public sector training, research and consultancy and had to compete with other institutions in the liberalized market. The Institute has, therefore, had to invest its financial and other resources into marketing in order to remain competitive.