Uganda Takes Delivery Approach National

Evaluations show that ministers participating in the Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program report that the delivery approach to implementing transformative government policies and service improvements has the greatest impact. In Uganda, the former health minister and now Prime Minister, Ruhakana Rugunda is working to adopt the delivery approach across government sectors with the goal of drastically improving efficiency and effectiveness across government. Continue reading

New Cohort of “Follow-Up Countries” Starts Work

A key component of the Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program is the so-called In-country Follow-up Phase. Each year a small number of the health and finance ministers participating in the Harvard-based part of the Ministerial Program is invited to mandate a delivery team of top health and finance ministry officials to develop and lead implementation of a comprehensive health sector strengthening initiative. Michael Sinclair, Executive Director of the Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program says the follow-up phase helps institutionalize the ideas and approaches ministers are exposed to during their time at Harvard. Specifically, Sinclair says, the fundamental driver of budget effectiveness and efficiency in realizing better value from government investment in health and for achieving improvements in health service delivery and outcomes. Continue reading

Distinguished Leaders in Education and Health Join Advisory Board

As the Ministerial Program works to integrate education ministers into the Program beginning in 2017, two distinguished former education ministers will lend their public leadership experience and education expertise to helping reshape the Program. Dr. Dzingai Mtumbuka was the first post-independence education minister in Zimbabwe quickly establishing a transformative education system regarded around the world as a model and still today, despite Zimbabwe’s current difficulties, producing better education results than most African countries. Cecilia Maria Velez White, a continent and a decade apart, during her eight- year tenure as education minister, played a similarly transformative role in establishing Columbia as a top performer in education in Latin America. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

Former Education Ministers Meet at Harvard to Help Develop Curriculum

A group of former education ministers from Africa and Latin America, as well as experts from the World Bank and UNICEF met at Harvard in late August for a consultation with faculty on how to adapt the Ministerial Program’s curriculum to the needs of education ministers. “Our challenge” said Program Executive Director, Michael Sinclair, “is to build on the success of the existing Program while addressing the specific challenges of an education minister, as well as key education policy and financing issues. Ministers appreciate the practical focus of the curriculum we have developed over the past five years and our plan is to maintain that approach.” Continue reading

Former Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete Joins HMLP Advisory Board

His Excellency President Jakaya Kikwete, who served two terms as President of the United Republic of Tanzania from 2005 to 2015, will be joining the Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program Advisory Board. In his more than 30 years of public service, President Kikwete served in different party, military and government positions. He joined the Cabinet in 1988 and he held several ministerial portfolios including Minister for Finance, Minister for Water, Energy and Mineral Resources and Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. He was the longest serving Foreign Minister in the history of Tanzania after serving that position for a ten year tenure. President Kikwete’s experience both as a head of state and as a cabinet member will  be a great resource for the Advisory Board as it continues to help shape and guide development of the Program.

Ministerial Leadership Program to welcome education ministers

Education Ministers will be included in the Ministerial Leadership in Health (MLIH) Program, Acting Dean of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, David Hunter announced today. With the support of Big Win Philanthropy and the Harvard Graduate School of Education the program will now support education ministers, as well as ministers of health and finance, starting in 2017. Since inception, 94 ministers from 53 countries representing a total of 1.83 billion people have participated in the Program. Continue reading

Health ministers urged to think more like economists

Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus called on health ministers at the fifth annual Ministerial Forum for Health Ministers at Harvard to think of health as an integral part of economic development and to recognize productive work by women and young people as a critical factor in advancing national health and economic growth in their nations. Making health a priority could foster opportunities for collaboration with other government ministries and produce a coordinated approach to human development and economic growth, he said. Continue reading

New Kennedy School Dean Urges Finance Ministers to Work with Health Ministers

One of any finance minister’s major challenges is balancing the intersection of health care policy and government financing. Changing health priorities and spending can put pressure on the most carefully crafted budget plans. The world-wide push for Universal Health Coverage is an example, changing demographic and disease profiles (particularly in emergent and developing nations) is another. Continue reading