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, together with a distinguished group of former and long serving Ministers, each year a small 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 Forum is not an academic exercise. It is a practically-focused program of interactive discussion informed by case studies and international experience, as well as the insights of the participating Ministers. 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 SUPPORT

Prior to coming to Harvard, Ministers are introduced to key concepts of political leadership, priority setting, and policy delivery, as well as guided in prioritizing policy and personal goals for their legacy in office. The goal of the pre-Harvard engagement is to help ensure Ministers are well prepared to get best value from their time at Harvard.

Following the Forum, Ministers have access to a menu of technical support opportunities intended mainly to support 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 Ministers country specific data to track their progress on key human development indicators.

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

The Program offers Ministers 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 Doctoral Student for research supporting Ministers participating in the Ministerial Program.

PEER NETWORKING

In addition to peer networking during the Forum, the Program annually 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.

REACH OF THE HARVARD MINISTERIAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAM: 2012–2022

Since its inception, 228 ministers from 65 countries have participated in the Program.

WHAT A WONDERFUL LEARNING EXPERIENCE WE HAD AT THE HARVARD MINISTERIAL FORUM. I GAINED A LOT OF PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE THAT IS ALREADY IMPACTING MY LEADERSHIP IN THE MINISTRY.”

HON. DR. FITSUM ASSEFA, MINISTER OF NATIONAL PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT, ETHIOPIA