Virtual Leadership Development Program (VLDP)

The Leadership, Management, and Governance (LMG) Project launched its first Virtual Leadership Development Program (VLDP) for Pre-Service institutions on February 18, 2013. The VLDP consists of six learning modules facilitated by experienced LMG staff who provide continual support, feedback, and guidance to participating teams during the program. Facilitators for this VLDP are Belkis Giorgis, Senior Technical Advisor for Gender and Capacity Building and Susan Post, Senior Technical Advisor for Leadership and Organization.

The program, which continues over a period of 13 weeks, concluding on May 17, 2013, is designed for Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health, and other institutions of higher education in health care. Program participants work in teams to identify key leadership challenges within their institutions and to begin addressing these challenges.  Participating teams received a supplementary participant workbook, in addition to full access of the VLDP website.  Upon completion of the program, teams are awarded with a “Certificate of Active Participation”.

LMG selected 13 teams, from a large pool of applicants, which wanted to strengthen their leadership, management, and governance practices and to exchange experiences and innovative ideas on integrating a practical leadership and management approaches into their curriculum.  There are currently 81 participants registered and actively participating on the VLDP website from the following 11 institutions:

  • Damanhour University Faculty of Nursing, Egypt
  • Universitas Indonesia Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Indonesia
  • In-service Training Trust, Zambia
  • Obafemi Awolowo Unviersity Institute of Public Health in Nigeria
  • Kibogora Polytechnic Nursing and Midwifery, Rwanda
  • Regina Pacis University, Kenya
  • Rwamagana School of Nursing and Midwifery, Rwanda
  • AMREF Training Center, Kenya
  • Kenya Medical Training College, Kenya
  • Jimma University, Ethiopia
  • Haramaya University College of Health and Medical Sciences, Ethiopia


Team members have been active posting insightful comments and questions in the Café portion of the VLDP site. Much of the virtual interaction among the course participants and facilitators occurs in the Café, which is a place for conversation. To date, there have been a total of 208 topics discussed in the Café!  One participant from Nigeria recently wrote in the Café:

One of the fundamentals of a good leader is to acknowledge where your gaps are and try to address this. I would assume any good leader can lead health care facilities…(S)He identifies this gaps and have persons who are capable in the various roles that need such capability, consults with them before making critical decisions in collaboration with the other heads of departments. Remember a good leader does not take decisions in isolation.

Another team member from Kenya also recently wrote:

Long live VLDP! You have transformed my thinking and the way I do things. I am no longer busy pointing fingers at the top leadership, but I am taking my place as a leader and doing the best I can with the help of my three team members Tom, Mary and Margaret. I will never forget the work we have done together and how much light I have seen coming through the tunnel after going through the VLDP program. I now commit myself to serve my clients at Regina Pacis and put in the best of my energy for the success of our programs. THANKYOU!

Learning from the Previous Participants

The Virtual Leadership Development Program (VLDP) for Pre-Service Institutions was offered for the first time by the Leadership, Management and Sustainability (LMS) Program from January 28th to April 25th, 2008. Ninety-six participants from eleven teams representing seven countries successfully completed the program. In this particular VLDP, nine out of the eleven teams identified challenges related to designing and implementing action-oriented leadership and management training in their pre-service curriculum.

Read about their lessons learned here: VLDP 2008 Lessons Learned

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