Managing innovation for sustainable health – Training programme for managers in DRC, Uganda and Somalia

Do you want to strengthen your ability as a manager to ensure good health and well-being by working with a more holistic, evidence-based, collaborative and innovative approach? Are you based in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Uganda or Somalia? Join the online training programme Managing Innovation for Sustainable Health!

What is the aim?

Based on the 2030 Agenda, the aim of the programme is for participants to develop their capacity to successfully collaborate across sectors and use an innovative approach to strengthening both preventive and curative health care in the DRC, Uganda and Somalia.

About the programme 

The programme, which is offered for the third time, is developed and organised by Karolinska Institutet, Makerere University, Benadir University, University of Kinshasa School of Public Health and the innovation company Tinkr within the Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Health.


Topics include:

Agenda 2030 and sustainable health in fragile settings

  • What is sustainable health and what are the ways of getting there? Globally, regionally and nationally – in collaboration.
  • How is health delivered today and what can be improved?

Multisectoral collaboration and implementation science

  • How to systematically close the gap between what we know and what we do?
  • How to utilize proven health interventions and evidence-based practices by choosing the right implementation strategies?

Innovation and innovation management

  • What is innovation really, why is it important and how can it be a useful tool?
  • Innovation management – how to facilitate innovation in your organisation and projects?

Meet previous participants

What is in it for you?

The COVID-19 pandemic has once again shown us that we need a holistic approach to the delivery of health — highlighting the need for innovation, multisectoral collaboration and the ability to adapt. This requires new ways of working, and to strengthen the way we manage and organize our operations in and around the health care sector.

We want to support you in your role by strengthening the ability to work systematically, collaboratively, innovatively, using the evidence towards achieving the 2030 Agenda – by addressing the challenges facing managers and organizations. It will strengthen your ability for more strategic decision-making in regard to SDG 3, bridge the gap between what we know and effective action, to lead and facilitate innovation projects, as well as meet the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities that lie in multisectoral collaboration. This to increase the impact and value of your efforts – in collaboration with others.

After completion, you will receive a certificate and become part of an international network of academics and practitioners representing a wide range of stakeholders working towards sustainable health.

Who can apply?

Managers representing stakeholders, particularly the public sector, crucial to the delivery and improvement of the health system in DRC, Somalia and Uganda.

  • Policy makers and civil servants from public sector organisations on national, regional and local levels are especially encouraged to apply
  • Managers representing civil society organisations, or private sector organisations (e.g. NGOs or privately-run universities and hospitals)
  • Managers representing the academia

As one of the aims of the training programme is to learn from each other, we will select a diverse group of participants with regards to gender, age, background (professional and personal), as well as roles and responsibilities. Eight participants from each country will be selected.


September 2022 – June 2023. Start date 1 September 2022.


The programme is free of charge as it is being carried out with financial support from the Swedish Institute.

Programme format

Online interactive real-time workshops and group work. 20% speed. If the situation allows, a regional study trip will be organised. You can find a short video clip from the recent study visit in Kampala here (Link to Youtube). 

How to apply

To apply, carefully follow the following steps. Please note that incomplete applications, missing documents or documents in a different language than English, will not be considered.

Application is open between 9th of May and 12th of June 2022.

  1. The programme is delivered at 20% speed so please note that you will need to secure approval from your employer to participate in the programme.
  2. Register your interest here.  Deadline for application is 12th of June 2022. Note that your application will only be considered when you have registered here AND sent all documents by e-mail described in the last step.
  3. Prepare the following supporting documents.
    • CV (Must be in English). Should contain the following information: Name and contact information / Relevant experience (payed or voluntary) incl. position, when and what; key responsibilities and skills / Education and qualifications / References (preferably to your current employer)
    • Letter of Motivation (Must be in English, max 450 words), describing your motivation to join this program and how you expect to use the knowledge and network from the programme in your organization, your role or your country.  
    • Copy of national identification (national identify card or passport)
  4. Name and save the supporting documents according to the following format: "firstname_lastname_CV", "firstname_lastname_LOM" and "firstname_lastname_ID". An example: "john_smith_CV".
  5. E-mail the supporting documents to with the subject line: "Managing innovation". 

For more information about the application process, please contact:

Susanna Sjunneryd

Project coordinator

For information about programme content, please contact:

Karin Båge

Project coordinator

For questions regarding programme management, please contact:

Charles Batte

Project coordinator

Funded by the Swedish Institute

Managing Innovation for Sustainable Health is funded by the Swedish Institute and part of the SI Public Sector Innovation Programme, in which universities and colleges provide training programmes for public sector employees and elected representatives from more than twenty countries. The purpose is to strengthen the capacity of professionals to contribute to innovation in the public sector and support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.