The flagship component of the Ministerial Program is the yearly Ministerial Forums at Harvard University where Ministers have a unique opportunity to step back from their daily duties, reflect on and re-evaluate their priorities in an environment of constructive challenge and peer interaction, and map their legacy contribution to advancing human development and economic progress in their country.
Each year a select number of serving finance, economic planning, education, health, and other Ministers with human development-related responsibilities from Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America is invited to the Harvard Ministerial Leadership Forums at Harvard University.
The Forums are practically focused and discussion-based, informed by case studies and the experience of former and long-serving Ministers from around the world. The curriculum concentrates on five main topics:
- Transformative leadership and political strategy
- Strategic human development priority setting and investment choices
- Increased budget effectiveness and system efficiency to improve human development outcomes
- Cross-sectoral collaboration to enhance sustainable economic advancement
- Effective organization and management of policy implementation
Pre- & Post- Harvard
Following the Forum, Ministers have access to a menu of technical support opportunities intended to support the implementation of Ministers’ legacy goals. This support is a combination of virtual and in-country engagement.
Participating Ministers have access to a Human Development Dashboard developed and kept current by the Harvard Ministerial Program to provide country-specific data tracking progress on key human development indicators.
The Virtual Implementation Platform (VIP) combines cutting-edge online learning modules, customized technical support, and virtual mentoring designed to support senior Ministry leadership in implementation planning and managing Ministers’ legacy goals.
The Program offers Ministers selective policy research support by graduate-level Harvard students as requested. An additional policy research opportunity is made possible by the Tessa Jowell Fellowship awarded annually to a Harvard Doctoral Student for research supporting Ministers participating in the Ministerial Program.
In addition to peer networking during the Forum, the Program regularly convenes the Harvard Ministerial Roundtable, a unique opportunity for serving Ministers who are alumni of the Harvard Ministerial Program to share lessons and insights from their experience, and to explore fresh approaches to making a difference in tackling major social, economic, and political challenges in their country.