Harvard Ministerial Program Supports Student Research

On January 2nd, 2019, 39 graduate students from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Graduate School of Education will board planes and fly off to conduct unique research projects with ministries of health and education across Africa.

As part of its post-Harvard support, the Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program offers Program alumni the opportunity to present research proposals that can support the achievement of their legacy goals. The Program matches each proposal to a set of talented Harvard graduate students, and together with support from Professors Rifat Atun and Fernando Reimers, the students are well equipped to conduct rigorous research that can drive policy decisions.  Continue reading

Harvard Ministers Work on Innovative Ideas for Youth Development

Over three days in late November about 25 currently serving government Ministers from across Africa gathered in Johannesburg, together with a similar number of selected young African achievers, to jointly develop new approaches to current high-levels of youth unemployment across Africa and to explore possibilities for optimizing the prospects of a demographic dividend.

Ministers, including finance, economic planning, education, health and youth had all participated in Ministerial Forums at Harvard over the past three years and continue to benefit from the post-Harvard support that is a key part of the Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program.

The Harvard Ministerial Roundtable for Policy Innovation in Human Capital Development in Johannesburg extended the on-going peer-networking among ministers participating in the Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program to include for the first time a cross-section of young African achievers from diverse backgrounds in discussions about optimizing Africa’s human capital. Continue reading

Tessa Jowell Fellowship for Student Research

Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program announces the Tessa Jowell Fellowship for Student Research. Open to students at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Kennedy School, and Graduate School of Education, the Fellowship honors the contribution to Harvard of Baroness Tessa Jowell, distinguished former British government minister who died of cancer earlier this year.  Harvard Chan School Dean, Michelle Williams said: “No part of the University was untouched by Tessa’s lectures, by her visits and her involvement in University life.”  Tessa was a founding member of the Ministerial Program’s Advisory Board.  For further information about the Tessa Jowell Research Fellowship contact: kladhani@hsph.harvard.edu

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Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program: Senior Research Fellowship

The Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program is inviting applications for a Senior Research Fellowship. The successful candidate will provide research support to Her Excellency, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former President of Liberia, in developing and preparing for publication a personal memoir reflecting on her tenure as President. This is a rare and special opportunity to work directly with a former head of state with an historic track record in government, and the first elected African woman President. Continue reading

Be ‘Remarkable’ Kenyan First Lady Exhorts Harvard Forum Participants

Speaking to participants in the seventh annual Harvard Ministerial Leadership Forum in early June, Margaret Kenyatta, First Lady of Kenya, outlined the impressive results of her groundbreaking Beyond Zero campaign: In Kenya, over the past five years, infant mortality has fallen from 52 per 1,000 to 39 per 1,000 live births; under five mortality came down from 74 per 1,000 to 52 per 1,000. Maternal mortality dropped from 488 per 100,000 to 362 per 1,000.

While the First Lady acknowledges that there is still much work to do, this impressive track record is the result of imaginative effort and tireless leadership. by the First Lady galvanizing government and civil society, engaging the private sector in supportive ways, and most importantly mobilizing public awareness and engagement in the campaign. Kenyans are known globally for their extraordinary marathon running talent. Five years ago the First Lady had never run a marathon, but as she reflected on how to energize the Kenyan public in support of Beyond Zero she decided an annual marathon would be the perfect vehicle. Since then, more than 100,000 Kenyans have joined the First Lady in an annual marathon which is part fundraiser, but mainly a major opportunity to elevate public awareness of maternal and under-five mortality, as well as the disproportionate rate of HIV-infection among young women.

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Prioritizing Budgets for Social Impact

Finance and economic development ministers from nations in Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia recently gathered at Harvard for the annual Harvard Ministerial Leadership Forum, an intensive four-day program focused on ways that they can use their positions to accomplish policy and investment goals in human development. This year’s program featured a talk moderated by Harvard Chan School Dean Michelle Williams, focused on effective leadership in government. Keynote discussant H.E. Jakaya Kikwete, former president of Tanzania, was joined by Sir Michael Barber and Idris Jala, who formerly worked for the prime ministers of the UK and Malaysia, respectively.

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Harvard’s Follow-Up Support in Uganda Leads Increases Fiscal Space for Health

Following participation in the Harvard Ministerial Leadership Forums by Uganda’s Ministers of Finance and Health, a Follow-up team of senior health and finance ministry officials began work with the Ministerial Program and its partners. A key focus of this work was the need to reallocate existing budget to priority health areas such as primary health care and capture fiscal space to increase available health funding. By June 2016, the inter-ministerial team had created fiscal space in the health budget to the value of over $22 million for a range of actions designed to strengthen health worker productivity, procurement and supply chain management with the goal of improving the standard of care in frontline health facilities. Continue reading

Celebrated Reproductive Health Expert Joins Advisory Board

Dr. Senait Fisseha, MD, JD, Director of International Programs for the Susan Thompson Buffet Foundation and Clinical Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Michigan Medical School, has been appointed to the Advisory Board of the Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program. As the founding executive director of the University of Michigan’s Center for International Reproductive Health Training, Dr. Fisseha has spent her career leading groundbreaking research and training programs to improve reproductive health care in Ethiopia. Continue reading