Some of the participants in the 2015 program

Supporting ministers to be transformational leaders: Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program

Supported by Big Win in partnership with Harvard University, the Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program enables health, education and finance ministers to develop as transformational leaders. It involves an intensive week at Harvard addressing issues such as envisioning big wins, navigating the political context, effective implementation and multi-sector collaboration. Over 90 ministers have taken part from over 50 countries, about two-thirds from Africa.

94 health and finance ministers participated since 2012
53 national governments represented
121% boost to health ministers’ confidence to meet key challenges
55% boost to finance ministers’ confidence to meet health challenges

Ministers who attend have subsequently assessed themselves as having developed much higher levels of capability in leadership areas such as building political support, reducing inefficiency, securing funding, creating teams, building accountability, monitoring outcomes and delivering results,. The confidence levels of health ministers increased by 121% across a range of measures (see chart). The confidence levels of finance ministers increased by 55% across a similar range of measures.

African participation in the Harvard Ministerial Leadership in Health Program
Before and after the program: the number of health ministers who feel well-equipped to...

The figures used in the bar chart above are from personal communication with the program team. A range of evaluation reports on the program can be downloaded here.