On July 21, 2020, the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation (MAEUEC) released the 'Spanish Cooperation Joint Strategy to Fight COVID-19' including an official development assistance (ODA) budget of €1.7 billion (US$1.9 billion) to be spent in the period 2020-2021.
According to this new strategic plan, the MAUEC will support middle- and low-income partner countries in the global response to and recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. Priority interventions outlined at this plan include:
- Strengthening public health systems and guaranteeing universal access to essential health goods such as vaccines, treatments, and diagnostics for COVID-19;
- Supporting the most vulnerable populations, with a special focus on nutrition, water and sanitation, education, and gender equality; and
- Fostering socio-economic recovery in partner countries that are disproportionally affected by the crisis.
In addition, the strategy names gender, the environment, and not leaving anyone behind as cross-cutting priorities.