In Historic First Valerie Amos Appointed Master of University College, Oxford

Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program Advisory Board member, Baroness Valerie Amos has been appointed Master of University College, Oxford University. Baroness Amos will be the first female Master of University College, Oxford and the first black head of any Oxford college. Baroness Amos is currently the Director of University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, where she broke another glass ceiling as the first woman of African descent to…

On-line Technical Support Helps Build Professional Capacity in Government Ministries

The Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program’s Virtual Implementation Platform (VIP) is a unique component of the Program’s follow-up support to Ministers after they participate in the Ministerial Leadership Forums at Harvard. The VIP is an online program of technical assistance and capacity development designed to support implementation by senior ministry leadership of the Minister’s primary policy goals.  Over the past two years, over 250 senior ministry officials from 26 ministries and…

Brenda Onguti Awarded Prestigious Tessa Jowell Research Fellowship

BOSTON, March 5, 2020 – The Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program is pleased to announce that Brenda Nyanchama Onguti has been selected as the 2020 Tessa Jowell Research Fellow.  With the support of this Fellowship, Brenda will conduct research to identify practices that facilitate or hinder provision of quality antenatal care in Zambia and generate actionable strategies that can be used by the Zambian Ministry of Health to improve the quality of care in…

Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program Student Policy Research Initiative

When Gambian Health Minister, Ahmadou Samateh departed Boston after the Harvard Ministerial Leadership Forum last June, he was eager to begin implementing his newly developed legacy goal to reduce the maternal mortality ratio from 422 to less than 200 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births by 2021. Once he returned however, he found that there were certain knowledge gaps that were limiting his ability to make informed decisions about how…

Ethiopia Women Ministers Strategic Leadership Retreat

“Our women ministers will disprove the old adage that women can’t lead.” In October 2018, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced his decision to appoint women to half of his government’s ministerial posts establishing equal gender representation in the Ethiopian government cabinet for the first time. This move was not just symbolic. Ethiopia is an historically patriarchal society that “suffers from some of the lowest gender equality performance indicators in…

“Harvard Ministers” Plan Accelerated Progress in Human Capital Goals

The traditional silo structures of most governments are not well suited to advancing progress in human capital development. Tackling human capital priorities requires a multi-sectoral approach necessitating government to work collaboratively across ministries. These were key points of discussion when 25 currently serving ministers of education, health, finance and economic planning who are all “alumni” of the Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program gathered in Addis Ababa. Although the logic for cross-government…

Côte D’Ivoire Education Minister is First Winner of the Harvard Ministerial Medal of Achievement

Côte D’Ivoire Education Minister, Kandia Camara, is the first winner of the Harvard Ministerial Medal of Achievement.  When Minister Camara was invited to participate in the annual Harvard Ministerial Leadership Forum in June 2018, she had been in office for seven years already, but she faced an uphill struggle.  She because Minister in the wake of a devastatingly destructive 10-year civil war.  Despite significant resources allocated to rebuilding the education…

Philanthropists — It’s time to update our mindset about working with governments: by Jamie Cooper

Like virtually all philanthropists, I started out seeking the “best” projects to fund. I described myself as a mezzanine funder—I hunted for programs with evidence of impact and aimed to expand or replicate them. I never considered supporting or, frankly, even interacting with the public sector. By serendipity, quite early in my philanthropic career, I partnered with a visionary government leader to establish his country’s first public-sector HIV/AIDS treatment program.…

Interministerial Collaboration Crucial to Human Development Impact and Outcomes: by Kesetebirhan Admasu and Osmar Terra

Human development priorities are generally multidimensional and intersectoral; yet government is traditionally organized in silos and thus ill-equipped to address cross-sectoral challenges. Ministers implement their sector specific policies and programs and compete fiercely for a larger share of the available budget.  Even within ministries, program directorates ring-fence their authority and battle over resources. The traditional lack of interministerial collaboration around common human development objectives undermines the potential impact and efficiency…

2019 Tessa Jowell Research Fellowship Awarded

Fei Yuan has been selected as the first Tessa Jowell Research Fellow of the Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program. Fei is currently pursuing her PhD in education policy and program evaluation at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Previously, she has held positions in the Office of the Chief Economist Africa Region of the World Bank, the Global Economic Governance Initiative, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Development Bank of Latin…