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 other experts, 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 the Ministerial Forum at Harvard University, Ministers are asked to participate in a program of virtual engagement designed to introduce some of the key elements of the Forum, and to provide initial support to the Ministers in analyzing policy priorities, as well as personal goals for their tenure in office. The goal of the pre-Harvard engagement is to introduce Ministers to key concepts of political leadership, priority setting, and policy delivery, as well as support Ministers to define their legacy priorities so they are prepared to get best value from their time at Harvard.” 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.

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

In addition to peer networking during the Forum, all Program alumni have access to an exclusive online community of approximately 200 ministerial peers, as well as distinguished members of the Ministerial Program Advisory Board whom Ministers may tap for continued practical guidance and support in achieving their legacy goals.

REACH OF THE HARVARD MINISTERIAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAM: 2012–2020

Since its inception, 183 ministers from 64 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