Finance Ministers Report Enduring Benefits

Finance ministers who have participated in the Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program over the past four years reported enduring benefits to their leadership capacity and effectiveness in their role as finance minister. Specifically, ministers indicated enhanced collaboration with the health minister in their government resulting in increased government investment in health ranging from 2%-28%. The majority of respondents indicated that the Program enabled them to better identify fiscal space opportunities for increasing the national health budget, including budget reallocation, costs savings and additional revenue from such sources as tobacco taxation.

Other impacts on health finance reported by the majority of respondents included ability to: develop a health-budget decision-making framework in line with economic priorities; identify opportunities to use the health budget more effectively and efficiently; structure a sustainable funding approach for Universal Health Coverage. Most ministers also indicated that they are able to apply the skills acquired through the Ministerial Program to their dealings with other sectors.

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