Leadership, Management and Governance Project

Project Overview

Too often, health professionals are promoted into management and governance positions based more on their clinical expertise than on their ability to effectively lead teams and manage programs.

The USAID-funded Leadership, Management, and Governance (LMG) Project collaborated with health leaders, managers, and policy makers across all levels in more than 90 countries to show that investments in leadership, management, and governance lead to stronger health systems and improved health for all.

Led by MSH, the LMG Project consortium included the African Medical and Research Foundation, International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Medic Mobile, and Yale University Global Health Leadership Institute.


  • The LMG Project collaborated with the Evidence to Action Project in Cameroon to document a statistically significant 3.7-fold improvement in the number of postpartum women counseled on family planning and sexual and reproductive health by pairing a clinical training program with leadership development training.

  • The project trained facilitators at IPPF Africa Region member associations to scale the Leadership Development Program Plus and improve family planning service delivery. A clinic supported by Reproductive Health Uganda, an IPPF affiliate, increased the number of young people coming in for sexual and reproductive health services by 175% over a six-month period.

  • With support from PEPFAR in Ethiopia, MSH worked with eight universities and the Federal Ministries of Health and Education to develop standard leadership, management, and governance curricula that were implemented in 37 school programs and completed by more than 2,000 students.

  • In partnership with the Center for Victims of Torture, the International Committee of the Red Cross, Mobility International USA, and the World Health Organization, the LMG Project worked to improve rehabilitation service delivery, train female leaders with disabilities, and support wheelchair service providers.

Project Team