In July 2019, 644 Scholars from 55 countries pledged to improve immunization outcomes. In this Special Event, Scholars will share their experiences in the Impact Accelerator, a new model for leading change developed by immunization Scholars from over 90 countries.










What is the Accelerator?

The Accelerator is a new system to foster collaborative leadership in ways that can contribute to systemic change.

Scholars who successfully complete a course are convened to use what they learned to achieve impact.

In July 2019, 644 immunization Scholars from 55 countries pledged to improve immunization outcomes.

During the first Impact Accelerator pilot, immunization Scholars self-organized groups in 24  countries –  including priority countries Chad, Cameroon, Guinea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, India and Ethiopia.

Most sought and rapidly secured support from government teams  to ensure their action could contribute to national priorities.

Why did we create the Accelerator?

Some countries are facing complex challenges hindering progress toward the global goals for immunization. New approaches are needed.

Since 2016, immunization Scholars have been turning knowledge into action through the immunization Scholar programme.

In a few countries, Scholars self-initiated informal, motivated groups of professionals operating across agencies, to transform ideas into collaborative project implementation. 

Observing these voluntary dynamics, we saw potential for systemic change – and immediately convened Scholars to develop a new system to support this across the network.

Yes, I want to attend

The Accelerator is a  key component of the Geneva Learning Foundation’s Scholar theory of change

Country-based immunization professionals are more likely to be able to break through current barriers to achieving the global goals if they are supported to lead change in their own contexts while learning and teaching each other, informed by the best available global knowledge.

Digital technologies provide the means to scale this support and increase its effectiveness by connecting immunization leaders to each other.

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Ian Steed, Special Adviser to the Geneva Learning Foundation

“We observed learners become leaders and facilitators. In some countries, Scholars are taking on the issues that matter to them, turning course projects into an agenda for change.”


I am committed to work for  a world where everyone, everywhere, fully benefits from vaccines to improve health and wellbeing.

As a Scholar, I hereby solemnly  pledge to:

Work with others to transform projects led by Scholars into action and results that will improve immunization outcomes.

To share my success as well as my challenges by reporting on a regular basis on my progress toward implementation.

Support fellow Scholars in doing  the same, while upholding  the highest standard of integrity and behavior.

I make this pledge for the health of children and families in my country and everywhere.

Yes, I support the Scholar Pledge


Scholars contribute to real‑time monitoring to  track their own progress, share successes and challenges, and learn.

In the first four  weeks, the number of Scholars who kickstarted their project’s implementation grew by 42%.


Top 5 most valuable aspects of the Accelerator:

1. Collaboration with country colleagues

2. Learning from other countries

3. Focus on action in the  field, rather than theory and planning

4. Regular reporting to stay on track and focused on impact

5. Knowing that Scholars share the same Pledge to Impact


“It has been fantastic to be part of the Accelerator. It has kept the momentum on and the Scholars enthusiastic.”

Constructive competition
“There is a kind of constructive competition across the country groups, so everyone wants to do better, together.”

“It actually created teamwork in reaching the planned goal, It improved the capacity to explore possible solutions to problems, using local resources and improved networking.”

Overcoming difficulties
“We overcome difficulties and we improve implementation through the advice of the various stakeholders.”

Leveraging resources
“I did not know how I would implement without funding, but the Accelerator made it easier for Scholars in my country to discuss leveraging of resources.”