The Program

HARVARD MINISTERIAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

Program Structure

The Program combines ministerial level support with customized technical facilitation and capacity development shaped by the policy goals and specific needs of participating ministers. The flagship component of the Ministerial Program is the yearly Ministerial Forums at Harvard University.

Harvard Ministerial Forum

Led by senior Harvard faculty and experts, together with a distinguished group of former and long serving ministers, each year the Harvard Ministerial Forums bring approximately 30 serving education, health, and finance ministers from Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America to Harvard University to explore possibilities for a transformative legacy in government and develop a road map for accomplishing far-reaching policy goals with the aim of optimizing economic opportunity. The curricula concentrate on four main themes:

  • Leadership effectiveness
  • Priority setting
  • Sustainable financing
  • Policy implementation

POST-HARVARD SUPPORT

Following their participation in the Forum, all ministers have access to a suite of post-Harvard support including the Program’s Virtual Implementation Platform (VIP), in-country policy research, and peer networking.

VIRTUAL IMPLEMENTATION PLATFORM

The Virtual Implementation Platform (VIP) is a unique virtual program of technical assistance and capacity development designed to support implementation of ministers’ legacy goals. The VIP combines cutting edge online learning modules, customized technical support, and virtual mentoring designed to support implementation management and monitoring of ministers’ legacy goals by senior ministry leadership.

IN-COUNTRY POLICY RESEARCH

Ministers can choose to be matched with senior-level Harvard students to tackle pressing policy-related research in health and education. Selected students work with senior ministry leadership to design and implement a research project that includes in-country fieldwork and ultimately informs the minister’s legacy goal. A particularly unique opportunity offered by the Program is the Tessa Jowell Fellowship for Doctoral Student Research which honors the contributions of the late Baroness Tessa Jowell to the leadership of the Harvard Ministerial Program.

PEER NETWORKING

A unique benefit of the Program is peer networking. The Program maintains connection among alumni through regular newsletters, social media, and unique Ministerial Roundtables on topical issues that can provide support to ministers in achieving their legacy goals. Additionally, the Program continues to foster a network of both current and former ministers who are an important resource for serving ministers.

REACH OF THE HARVARD MINISTERIAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAM: 2012–2020

Since its inception, 183 ministers from 64 countries have participated in the Program.

THE FORUM WAS TREMENDOUSLY HELPFUL AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING. I WISH THIS FORUM HAD COME AT THE TIME I WAS BEGINNING IN OFFICE.”

HON. GEORGE WERNER, MINISTER OF EDUCATION, LIBERIA