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About MLI

The Ministerial Leadership Initiative (MLI), a four-year program of Realizing Rights, is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.  MLI seeks to strengthen the leadership capacity of ministries of health in Ethiopia, Mali, Nepal, Senegal, and Sierra Leone to advance policy in three interrelated areas: health financing for equity, donor harmonization in health, and reproductive health.  Key to MLI’s approach is the belief that stronger political leadership will improve health systems and ensure respect for the right to the highest attainable standard of health, particularly for the most vulnerable populations.  

Informing this work is MLI’s theory of change: Tailored, competency-based technical assistance responding to specific policy challenges identified by the ministries and delivered in the context of a peer learning collaborative involving other Ministers of Health and their senior team members is an effective method to enhance leadership capacities in an enduring way.  This theory is the foundation for all of MLI’s work will lead to implementation of health policies that result in more equitable health outcomes.

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