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Finance Ministers Grapple with Unprecedented Challenges at Harvard Ministerial Forum

African Finance Ministers gathered at Harvard in mid-April for the annual Ministerial Forum following the World Bank/IMF Spring meetings. The mood in Washington, D.C. was reportedly gloomy as emergent economies came up against the harsh realities of current dynamics impacting the global economy and by extension the economic well-being of almost every nation. Emergent economies … Read more

2023 Tessa Jowell Doctoral Fellow Looks to Reduce Maternal and Child Mortality in Eastern DRC

The 2023 Tessa Jowell Fellowship for Doctoral Research was awarded to Esias Bedingar, a Ph.D. candidate in Population Health Sciences at the Harvard Chan School whose research will evaluate the impact of scaling up a community-based delivery model of primary healthcare on maternal and child mortality in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The … Read more

Ministerial Program ‘Alumni’ Regroup in Addis Ababa

The Rt. Hon. Luisa Diogo, former Prime Minister of Mozambique, in the left of the picture and Her Excellency Joyce Banda, former President of Malawi, in the right of the picture welcome Ethiopian President, Her Excellency Sahle-Work Zewde, in the middle of the picture to the 2022 Roundtable meeting in Addis Ababa. The three women converse while walking down a corridor to the meeting, accompanied by a group of Ministers and security personnel.

For the first time since the pandemic, more than 30 Ministers who previously participated in the Harvard Ministerial Program and are still in office were reconvened for a three-day Roundtable in Addis Ababa last November. The principal goal of the Roundtable is to provide an opportunity to refresh and build on the key under-girding tenets … Read more

Apply Now: Tessa Jowell Fellowship for Doctoral Research

The late Baroness Tessa Jowell stands to the left of Harvard Ministerial Program Advisory Board Chair Julio Frenk during a reconvening of program participants in Geneva.

The Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program established the Tessa Jowell Student Research Fellowship providing up to $15,000 in support of doctoral or post-doctoral level research. Research must focus on health, education, or other aspects of human development impacting prospects for sustainable economic growth in countries participating in the Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program. The Fellowship entails funding … Read more

Ministerial Forum Asks Ministers to Consider their Legacy

The 2022 cohort of Ministers pose for a group photo during the Harvard Ministerial Forum for Sectoral Ministers.

Ministers invited to participate in the June Ministerial Forum are required to identify a ‘legacy goal’ before coming to Harvard. The idea of a legacy goal is the focal point of the Ministerial Forum curriculum designed to have Ministers sieve through the many priorities they are confronted with to determine which is likely to make … Read more

The Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program Marks Ten Years

Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program Advisory Board Members from left to right, Julio Frenk, Luisa Diogo, H.E. Jakaya Kikwete, and Dean Michelle Williams during the Program’s 10th Anniversary Celebration in 2022.

In June the Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program marked the tenth anniversary of its series of Harvard Ministerial Forums. Over the past ten years the Program has organized and hosted 19 Ministerial Forums bringing to Harvard a total of 228 serving government Ministers from 65 countries. Initially conceived as a special opportunity for health Ministers, the … Read more

Dr. Muhammad Pate Leads Effort to Re-charge Public Health in Africa

Dr. Muhammad Pate

Efforts to reboot health care in Africa are not new most notably dating back to the landmark 1978 Alma Ata Declaration charting the road to ‘health for all’. Although most African countries in the subsequent decades adopted the principles of primary health care (PHC) articulated in the Alma Ata Declaration, in too many cases PHC … Read more

Building Back from Civil War: Hon. Raymonde Coffie Awarded Medal of Achievement

Hon. Raymonde Coffie

In the aftermath of Côte d’Ivoire’s civil war, the country’s health system was devastated. Infrastructure and supply chains were in ruins, many health facilities were no longer functioning, impacting health service provision at every level.  After the war was ended and democratic government restored, in 2012 newly appointed Health Minister, Dr. Raymond Goudou Coffie, was … Read more

African Finance Ministers Grapple with Extreme Economic Challenges at Harvard Ministerial Forum

Harvard Ministerial-Leadership Panel

After a two-year pandemic hiatus, the Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program, in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, again convened Finance Ministers from across Africa in-person for the 2022 Harvard Ministerial Leadership Forum. While available data suggests the COVID pandemic has had less devastating public health consequences across Africa than first anticipated, the … Read more

Background on H.E. President Julius Maada Bio

His Excellency Julius Maada

His Excellency Julius Maada Bio was elected President of Sierra Leone in 2018, winning 51.8% of he vote. He ran on a five-pillar platform focused on transforming the country’s economy, human development, improving governance, improving infrastructure, and overhauling financing of the public sector. Prior to being elected President, H.E. was a Senior Research Fellow at … Read more