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.

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    Emerging Leaders capacity development workshop (July 2013): the group of Emerging Leaders
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    Emerging Leaders capacity development workshop (July 2013): participants in discussion with their colleagues and some of the facilitators
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    Emerging Leaders capacity development workshop (July 2014): participants developed draft research proposals and presented these to a "panel of funders". Aku Kwamie (top left), Joseph Dodoo, Chinenye Okwuosa, Chinyere Mbachu (bottom left), Marsha Orgill and Veloshnee Govender presented on behalf of the groups.
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    Emerging Leaders capacity development workshop (July 2014): Verona Mathews (left), Patrick Mlinga and Aku Kwamie prepare feedback from a small group discussion
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    Emerging Leaders capacity development workshop (July 2014): John Alwar (right) gives his analysis of a research protocol, while Moses Ndunguru looks on.
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    Emerging Leaders capacity development workshop (July 2014): Chinenye Okwuosa (left), Linda Mureithi (middle) and Prudence Ditlopo
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    Emerging Leaders capacity development workshop (July 2014): participants discuss the research design and rigour of various studies.
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    Emerging Leaders capacity development workshop (July 2014): Patrick Mlinga and Irene Masanja
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    Emerging Leaders capacity development workshop (July 2013): Sharmila Mhatre (left) and Beverly Ochieng role play an interaction with between a funder and a researcher
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    Emerging Leaders capacity development workshop (July 2013): Chinyere Mbachu (left) in discussion with Lucy Gilson. To the right is Aku Kwamie.
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    Emerging Leaders capacity development workshop (July 2013): Patrick Mlinga (left) in discussion with Verona Mathews, Duduzile Nsibande, Marsha Orgill and other colleagues
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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.