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Finance Ministers Reckon with Difficult Circumstances Limiting Economic Growth Prospects

A diverse group of people standing together in a room, engaged in conversation and smiling

The annual April Harvard Ministerial Forum convened finance and economic planning Ministers from Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Supported by more than a dozen long-serving former Ministers and Heads of Government, the incumbent Ministers focused on how to leverage sufficient resources to invest in stimulating sustainable economic growth at a time when a large … Read more

DRC’s First Female Prime Minister is a Harvard Ministerial Program ‘Alum’

In April Judith Tuluka Suminwa was appointed the first female Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a move marking a significant step towards gender equity. Before her appointment as Prime Minister, Madame Suminwa served as Senior Advisor to the Minister of Budget (2012-2015), Deputy Coordinator for Administrative and Operational Issues at the … Read more

2024 Tessa Jowell Doctoral Fellow to Assess the Impact of Community-Based Health Insurance in Senegal

The recipient of the 2024 Tessa Jowell Fellowship for Doctoral Research is Ibrahima (Ibou) Dieye, a doctoral candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School studying Health Policy with a focus on Health Economics. The Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program established the Tessa Jowell Fellowship to support doctoral research at Harvard focusing on policy issues of priority to … Read more

DEADLINE EXTENDED: 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 deadline to submit an application has been extended to February 29, 2024*** 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 … Read more

Distinguished Elders Tell Ministerial Forum: Leadership in Government is About Delivering What Citizens Need

The Harvard Ministerial Forum took place in September against the backdrop of two more military coup d’état – bringing the number of countries in Africa under military rule to seven – as well as popular, often violent protests across multiple African countries. Addressing the Forum, former Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete said these events reflected deep-seated … Read more

Harvard Ministerial Medal of Achievement Celebrates Landmark Gender Equity Legislation in Sierra Leone

The Hon. Manty Tarawalli, former Gender Minister in Sierra Leone, was celebrated during the recent Ministerial Forum at Harvard for her landmark achievement in legislating a minimum 30% female representation in government and all public and private institutions. Minister Tarawalli ascribed her success in navigating the fraught politics of the issue to her 2019 participation … Read more

Ministers Convene at Harvard Under Pressure to Respond to Citizens’ Needs Despite Severe Budget Constraints

Twenty-one government Ministers with human development responsibilities, like health education, agriculture, youth, and gender gathered at Harvard for the 20th Harvard Ministerial Forum in mid-September. Mostly from Africa, but also including Caribbean and Southeast Asian countries, this most recent cohort joins the 281 Ministers who have been part of the Ministerial Program since its launch … Read more

Mega Trends Impacting Human Development in Africa

In keynote remarks to the September Harvard Ministerial Forum, former Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam D. Boshe mapped what he considers mega trends shaping human development in Africa including population growth, rapid urbanization, accelerated adoption of technology, and climate change. He noted these megatrends have both positive and negative implications. Although these macro-developments are beyond the … Read more