Moldovan health professionals gather for second meeting on aid effectiveness and donor coordination


The second in a series of 3 meetings on aid effectiveness and donor coordination for health professionals took place in Brussels, Belgium, on 31 July 2017. The WHO Representation to the European Union (EU) in Brussels hosted the meeting with support from the WHO Country Office in the Republic of Moldova. It provided health professionals from the Republic of Moldova, including the left bank of the Nistru River, with an opportunity to come together and learn about best practices and standards in the area of aid and donor management.

The objective of the meeting was to provide participants with information and tools to improve aid mobilization and its effective use. It featured presentations on the EU, the United Nations system, WHO and the World Bank. In-depth reviews focused on EU processes, platforms, communications and framework documents, such as the European Consensus on Development and the Sustainable Development Goals.

The meeting was financially supported by the EU-funded Support to Confidence Building Measures Programme, and coordinated by WHO as part of the biennial collaborative agreement between the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Moldova and WHO/Europe for technical assistance and capacity-building activities in the health sector.

The meeting covered:

  • the United Nations system and the EU in Brussels;
  • EU processes, the role of the WHO Representation to the EU and how to work with the EU;
  • programmes and procedures of the European Commission Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations and Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety;
  • priorities of the World Bank, its work in the Republic of Moldova and its efforts to strengthen collaboration in the health sector; and
  • contributions from the Russian Federation, with a special focus on Russian international aid, priorities and support to health.

The meeting also presented an opportunity for participants to identify gaps in their knowledge and skills in the areas of project development and management, results-based management and aid management that they would like to address in future meetings.

Participants recognized the value of these meetings, which create an enabling environment for discussions and professional networking. These are essential requirements for a successful rapprochement and effective collaboration among professionals from both banks of the Nistru River.

One significant outcome of the meeting was the decision to hold an information day in October 2017 to familiarize national professionals, officials and institutions with different EU initiatives. The Ministry of Health, Labour and Social Protection of the Republic of Moldova and the European Commission Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety will organize the sessions with the objective of increasing support to the health sector.

The third meeting on aid effectiveness and donor coordination is planned for late October 2017 in Copenhagen, Denmark.