Global Health Governance and Financing Mechanisms

Despite extraordinary successive increases in international aid, we have not achieved desired gains in health equity. There has been a tendency to focus on vertical programmes and specific diseases, rather than supporting countries to develop sustainable health financing systems that would lead to universal coverage. Despite the statements agreed to in the Paris and Accra declarations aid has in many cases reinforced the organizational and institutional health care divide between developed and developing countries.

The premise of international aid has recently changed, with the Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation statement calling for greater ownership of development priorities, greater cooperation between various stakeholders for development, greater accountability for development efforts and more support for South-South and triangular cooperation. Within this framework, supporting health financing and health systems should be an important component of sustainable development. Achieving the right to health - a central goal for global health outlined in the WHO constitution - is intertwined with social, economic and environmental development.

Health equity is not the only goal, as access to processes of participation in agenda setting and cross-sectoral policy mechanisms, along with transparency and accountability are crucial. In our modern globalised system, we need to ensure that citizen's right to participate is not undermined and that social inclusion is a primary goal.

Global Health Europe, together with World Vision International, have developed this resource based on World Health Summit sessions held in October 2011, in order to highlight key recommendations on global health governance and financing mechanisms made at this forum. Through a range of mechanisms, we are advocating for stronger multi-stakeholder and citizen engagement in policy processes for global health, and fairer and more sustainable health financing mechanisms for universal coverage. See the working paper here.

The Case for Europe as a Leader in Research and Innovation for Global Health

This working paper from November 2011 explores the potential and makes recommendations for Europe's role in research and innovation to improve global health. It highlights the need for coherence between Horizon 2020 and other key EU policies, including that on the EU's role in global health, and the potential for global health research to play an instrumental role in achieving Europe 2020 goals of growth, innovation and social inclusion. The paper was presented at a session at the World Health Summit, Berlin, October 2011, where the session was used to develop and refine the paper. See the final version of the paper here.

Consultation on the future of EU Budget support to third countries

banner9_bleu_white16 November 2010

Global Health Europe's response to the EU's consultation on the Green Paper on the Future of EU Budget Support to third countries reflects our central concern with aspects of health and its governance in the interests of the people of the European Union, our neighbours and global citizens. Global Health Europe invites you to register and contribute to this response with your comments. The official consultation deadline is 31 December 2010. The European Commission background documents can be found at:


GHE Response to EU Stakeholder Consultation on a Future Trade Policy

trade_consultation03 August 2010

Following the 'Europe 2020' paper adopted by the European Commission on 3 March 2010, the European Commission DG TRADE launched a broad public consultation on the future direction of EU trade policy. The Commission's intention is to set out its policy during autumn 2010, explaining how trade policy can help achieve the objectives of the 'Europe 2020' Strategy. The purpose of this consultation was to gather views from relevant stakeholders regarding the rationale, scope and strategic objectives for a future EU trade policy. The consultation was open to all stakeholders within the EU and in third countries. Below you will find a copy of the consultation questionnaire with Global Health Europe's responses. While the consultation is now closes, we invite you to continue the debate here through your comment on the GHE contribution.


GHE Response to EU Stakeholder Consultation on Pandemic Preparedness

16 July 2010

Global Health Europe has prepared the below response to the EU Stakeholder Consultation on Strengthening European Union Preparedness on Pandemic Influenza. Responses must be submited to the European Commission by 23 July 2010. We are making our response available here first where registered viewers can send us their comments. Alternatively email your comments and suggestions on the Global Health Europe response to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before Thursday 22 July.


EU publishes summary of contributions to the consultation on the EU Role in Global Health


The European Commission has made a summary of the contributions it received from stakeholders during last year's open consultation on the EU Role in Global Health available online.


"EU 2020": Responses from Global Health Europe

21 January 2010

These responses to the Commission consultation on the Future "EU 2020" Strategy are submitted on behalf of Global Health Europe. Our response to this consultation is focussed on the role of health and healthcare both within the economy of the EU and in the global economy as a basis for sustainable development and an engine of growth.



The EU Role in Global Health: Answers from Global Health Europe

commission_event_10june2010These notes provide responses to the questions raised by the EC consultation paper on the "Role of the EU in Global Health".


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