Emerging Leaders Programme
What was the Emerging Leaders Programme?
The Emerging Leaders Programme was a capacity development programme in the field of Health Policy and Systems Research and Analysis (HPSR+A) in Africa. It aimed to contribute to building a critical mass of future leaders committed to working in this field in Africa and equipped with the necessary skills and capabilities.
CHEPSAA was a consortium of African and European universities funded by the European Union and it had as its overall purpose increasing sustainable African capacity to produce and use high quality HPSR+A. The Emerging Leaders Programme was supported with CHEPSAA’s project funds, as well as additional funds from the Rockefeller Foundation.
How did the Emerging Leaders Programme work?
The programme began in mid-2013 and ran for approximately 2 years. It included two rounds of capacity development workshops, mentoring during the workshops and in the periods between workshops, and participation in the Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, which took place in Cape Town in 2014.
During the first capacity development workshop in July 2013 the participants attended various facilitated sessions on topics such as leadership capabilities, project management skills and communication skills. They also identified and began to conceptualise health policy and systems research or leadership issues on which they worked during the programme.