Democracy Is

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DEMOCRACY IS

The ongoing quest by people around the world for democracy and freedom guides and inspires our work at USAID.

For decades the American people, through USAID, have partnered with countries, communities, and people around the world to strengthen resilient democratic societies.

Citizen-responsive governance is also a critical factor in development, and we believe it is not possible for any country to rise to its full potential without it.

USAID is reinforcing its commitment to strengthen democratic governance and is investing in democracy work to advance a free, peaceful, and prosperous world.

There are many around the world who are committed to this cause. They are working towards respect for human dignity, rights, and the rule of law.

Meet our democracy heroes in the short films below.

 

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NEWS & INFORMATION

Last updated: August 12, 2020

July 30, 2020

July 30 is the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. The evil of modern slavery affects an estimated 25 million people around the world: adults and children subjected to sexual exploitation or bound in domestic servitude; children forced to support armed groups; and victims trapped in forced labor in sectors such as fishing, construction, and agriculture. On this day, at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), we honor the resilience of survivors of trafficking who are courageously rebuilding their lives; we reaffirm our commitment to prevent criminals from exploiting people for profit; and we invite all to join the challenge to help end modern slavery.

June 25, 2020

The United States is providing $356.2 million to support the democratic transition in the Republic of Sudan following a peaceful revolution in 2019. The Acting Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), John Barsa, announced this commitment today at the Sudan Partnership Conference, a virtual event co-hosted by the European Union, the Federal Republic of Germany, the Transitional Government of Sudan, and the United Nations.

June 18, 2020

José Daniel Ferrer's reception of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation's prestigious Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom award is well-deserved.  On behalf of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), I offer him sincere congratulations. 

June 2, 2020

We are grateful for the President's leadership in advancing religious freedom around the world, and we are honored USAID will play a critical role in the implementation of the Executive Order he signed earlier today. Americans have always believed our first freedom is the freedom of religion, and it is a key component of our national security strategy. Whether in response to genocide committed against Christians and Yazidis in Northern Iraq, or the ethnic cleansing of the Muslim Rohingya in Burma, the institutional culture regarding international religious freedom has become a top priority at USAID.

May 2, 2020

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) joins the world in celebrating World Press Freedom Day.  Free and independent journalism is vital to open and democratic societies.  The role of journalists is even more important during a public health crisis like the one we face today, when they serve as "first corresponders."

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