US, EU to Boost Cooperation on Health, Aid Effectiveness

European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs and U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah. Photo by: EU and World Economic Forum

The United States and the European Union have agreed to create an expert task force that will identify ways the two parties can work together in the global health sector.

This agreement was reached at the U.S.-EU high-level consultative meeting in London, which was attended by U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah and European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs.

In a joint statement released after their meeting, Shah and Piebalgs said the task force will identify opportunities for joint work within the framework of the U.S. Global Health Initiative and the EU’s policy on global health.

“Prioritizing a core set of indicators to monitor greater gains in global health and strengthening health systems in partner countries in the developing world will be our main priorities,” the two officials said in a June 16 news release. “We will further explore possible joint EU and US positions in global health-related initiatives and issues, with a focus on women and child health and on the crisis of health workers.”

The two officials also reaffirmed their commitment to more accountability and transparency in their aid operations and agreed to cooperate toward ensuring the success of the upcoming Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in South Korea. Shah and Piebalgs said they had adopted a joint work plan on division of labor, transparency and accountability.

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