Research for stronger health systems during and after crisis

Symposium: Moving from Humanitarian to Development Aid

African women and children with bags and buckets marked 'UNHCR'

Moving from Humanitarian to Development Aid: East African symposium on Aid Effectiveness and Health Systems Development

ReBUILD’s partner in Uganda, the Makerere University School of Public Health held this very successful symposium on 15th & 16th August 2018. The symposium was co-hosted by Care International in Uganda.



Post-conflict settings present unique opportunities to build health systems despite complex transitions from short-term emergency/humanitarian assistance programming to longer-term development assistance. This transition period can represent a number of challenges and opportunities in terms of longer-term health systems development in the face of a degree of continuing humanitarian needs. This Symposium explored a number of themes, recognising that as well as being important to longer-term health outcomes and universal health coverage, health systems contribute to the wider social security and safety net that are key to peace and development programming.


The Symposium objectives were to:

  • Advance the dialogue on aid transitions from relief to development with particular focus on aid flows, programme designs and building capacity for health systems.

  • Create regional visibility and engagements aimed at improving longer-term programming for health system improvements in post conflict settings.

  • Build linkages within regional and global development agencies to improve collaboration, learning and programme designs and adaptions to enhance results and accelerate progress for health and well-being post conflict communities.

The symposium also offered a skills-building session on Applying Social Network Analysis (SNA) in the assessment of aid flows and effectiveness drawing from ReBUILD’s work in this area.

Proceedings and outputs:

You can read the Highlights Report from the Symposium here. The full Symposium Report will be available here soon.

You can read highlights the Symposium in the two issues of the Symposium Bulletin

The Symposium booklet with final programme can be downloaded here.

And see a selection of moments at the Symposium shared on social media.

Further information:

For further information on the Symposium, and on how ReBUILD and its partners are taking forward the issues and learning at national, regional and international levels, please contact:

International: Nick Hooton

Uganda and ECA Region: Milly Nattimba

Information on the session may also be found on the Makerere University website.