About us

The Eastern and Southern African Management Institute (ESAMI) is an intergovernmental regional management development centre. ESAMI's head office is located in Arusha, Tanzania.

The institute was established with the primary objective of providing the region with trained personnel in a number of critical areas including policy management, transportation management, financial management, information technology management, health management, human resources management, project management, energy and environment management and gender management among others.

The focus was to train middle to senior managers from the region to improve their managerial performance taking into consideration the global issues but with a regional focus relevant to the African environment.

ESAMI's Mandate, Mission, Vision and Philosophy

The Eastern and Southern African Management Institute (ESAMI) is a Pan African Regional Management Development Centre owned by ten member governments from the Eastern and Southern African region. These are Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. It is a service and market-oriented institution offering high-level specialised management training, consultancy, education programmes and action-oriented management research services. Other countries which regularly participate in ESAMI management development programmes include Lesotho, Botswana, South Africa, Angola, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Eritrea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Ghana, The Gambia, Sudan, Ethiopia and Burkina Faso.

In May 1997 the UN Economic Commission for Africa officially designated ESAMI as The African Centre of Excellence in Management Development. This recognition has necessitated ESAMI to extend its services to all countries in Africa. To meet Africa's management challenge in the new millennium ESAMI continues to provide high quality, client centred management development interventions throughout Africa.


ESAMI's mandate is to improve the performance and management effectiveness of public, private, and international organizations in Africa. This will be done through:

  • Management training and education;
  • Management consultancy and advisory services;
  • Management research, knowledge generation and publications;
  • Promotion of best practices in management.


By 2020, ESAMI is an internationally recognized leadership and business transformation hub


Our mission is to transform institutions through leadership development, innovative education, management training, new knowledge generation and advisory services.

Our universe of clients will be individuals, public, private and international organizations.

ESAMI: Past and Present

Since its establishment in 1980, ESAMI has made significant contributions in the area of human resources and management development in the region. Its role as a premier Regional Management Development Institute has expanded substantially as a result of increased client demand by countries of the region and beyond. To date over 75, 000 middle and top-level personnel in the government, public, private and civic organisations have attended open management development programmes offered by the Institute.

ESAMI's Strategic Thrust

ESAMI programmes are based on the emerging needs of the client throughout the continent. The Institute has continued to make sure that programmes benefit from research carried out in the form of needs assessment and participants' feedback. Programme appraisal, tracer studies and impact assessment will form an important part of ESAMI's training and capacity building process. The training programmes presented in this prospectus will have a strong link between management and performance improvement at the individual and organizational level.

Tailor-made programmes will be undertaken to address clients' specific problems and issues. These are normally conducted on request and at venues and dates convenient to the client.

ESAMI launched an Executive MBA Programme which has proved to be quite successful. To date, the Business School enrolment stands at 3600 students spread in ten campuses in Africa.

ESAMI has also introduced Certificate, Diploma and Bachelors' degree programmes in Business management.

ESAMI's Capability and Comparative Advantages

As a management development centre, ESAMI has been a converging centre where people from different countries meet to share and exchange experiences in a regional framework. The Institute aims at enhancing this interaction in order to facilitate improvements in managerial performance and effectiveness of client organizations. As one of the largest regional Institutions in Africa and a premier in management development ESAMI's capability is largely ingrained in the following qualities:

  • Its core of different, indigenous, high level trained and experienced professional staff who understand the countries they are working with well
  • A successful institution, managed by African professionals who know the African environment and are committed to its service.
  • ESAMI's broad and flexible mandate guided by a dynamic Board of Governors
  • ESAMI's degree of financial self-sufficiency from training and consultancy revenues, which does not depend on subsidies to survive
  • A staff with a willingness and commitment to effective improvement and innovations.
  • The capability of ESAMI to rapidly deploy its professional staff who are supplemented by a network of field offices close to its clients
  • A wealth of experience gained over the years from interactions with a clientele of varied backgrounds and countries
  • A network of institutional and individual contacts
  • Flexibility and readiness to adjust in accordance with the changing environment and expectations
  • Regional flavour and character to match the Institute's activities and respond quickly to specific requirements, concerns and priorities.
Programs taught in:
  • English (US)

This school also offers:


Esami Business School

Evidence from capacity needs assessment carried out in the sub-region indicated gaps in management and administration, especially at the supervisory level. This makes the ... [+]


Evidence from capacity needs assessment carried out in the sub-region indicated gaps in management and administration, especially at the supervisory level. This makes the need for skills enhancement in management and administration more imperative considering the issues of managing the present and the future "Fluid knowledge worker" in an increasingly competitive planning and operating environment. The diploma in human resource management program will, therefore, inculcate into students the competencies in management and administration to address a capacity gap identified. DHRM thus aims at improving and imparting intermediate knowledge, skills and positive attributes in human resource management to candidates so that at the end of the course, they will be able to carry out supervisory functions in business administrative duties in their organizations.... [-]

Tanzania Arusha Kenya Nairobi Dar es Salaam Zambia Lusaka Uganda Kampala Namibia Windhoek Swaziland Mbabane Zimbabwe Harare Mozambique Maputo Malawi Lilongwe  + 15 More
February 2020
English (US)
1 year
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Esami Business School
Headquarters P. O. BOX 3030, Arusha, Tanzânia
Arusha, Arusha Region, Tanzania
+255 27 297 0070/1/2/3
ESAMI KENYA 4th Floor International House P. O. Box 566628 – 00200
Nairobi, Nairobi County, Kenya
+254 20 222 8233
ESAMI DAR ES SALAAM 3rd Floor, NIC Investment House P.O. Box 22290
Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
+255 22 211 2670/ 213 5046
ESAMI - ZAMBIA 2ND Floor, Superannuation House Ben Bella Road P.O. Box 32132
Lusaka, Lusaka Province, Zambia
+260 211 222937
ESAMI – UGANDA ESAMI Centre, Plot 52 Bombo Road P.O. Box 824
Kampala, Central Region, Uganda
+256 41 4 254 222 / 343 397
ESAMI – NAMIBIA Cnr Nelson Mandela/Sam Nujoma HIDAS Centre P.O. Box 1836,
9000 Windhoek, Khomas Region, Namibia
+264 61 236 965/6
ESAMI – eSWATINI 3RD Floor, Lilunga House Somhlolo Rd P.O. Box 4234
Mbabane, Hhohho Region, Swaziland
+268 240 48494
ESAMI – ZIMBABWE 6 Bantry Road, Alexandra Park P.O. Box 2627
Harare, Harare Province, Zimbabwe
+263 242 744364/ 744935
ESAMI MOZAMBIQUE No. 657 Floor No. 1 Avenida Julius Nyerere P.O. Box 2077
Maputo, Maputo, Mozambique
+ 258 21 487375
ESAMI MALAWI 1st Floor, Development House, City Centre P.O. Box 31127 Lilongwe 3
Lilongwe, Central Region, Malawi
+265 1 774423/770253