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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

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