Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd, and the United States Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton today strengthened joint development cooperation between the two countries.
“For 60 years now, each new global challenge has brought with it a new cause for cooperation with Australia and an ever stronger partnership grounded in our shared values,” Secretary Clinton said.
“We are formalizing our coordination efforts to maximize the effectiveness of development assistance, further supporting prosperity and stability throughout the globe,” Mr Rudd said.
“This partnership is another example of Australia and the United States closely working together, to support real outcomes in key development challenges such as economic growth, child and maternal health and better governance,” Mr Rudd said.
The Australia-US combined package of $18.1 million will support development projects in countries which both Australia and the United States are engaged. For example, maternal and child health projects in Tanzania, conflict resolution in South Sudan and Afghanistan and water and sanitation projects in Indonesia.
Australia will support US-led maternal and child health initiatives in Tanzania which will assist 6.2 million children receive de-worming tablets, 6.7 million children receive the measles vaccine, 7.1 million children to receive Vitamin A and 8 million children to receive the polio vaccine.
In Afghanistan, Australia and the US will co-finance programs centred on Uruzgan Province. The programs include supporting community dispute resolution and improving the government’s delivery of essential services.
Australia and the US will also provide joint support to help mitigate conflict in newly independent South Sudan. Stabilization advisers from both countries will work side by side in the field using US logistical support.
The United States will support an Australian program supplying piped water to low-income families in Indonesia, which will provide 288 000 new household water connections, benefiting some 1.4 million people.
This deepened cooperation reflects both countries’ commitments to make the best use of available resources – a key goal of both Australia’s Independent Review of Aid Effectiveness and the US Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review.
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