Promoting Resilient, Open, Democratic Societies


Date: 2015 Description: QDDR Theme: Open, Democratic Societies. United States Ambassador to Mexico, Tony Wayne celebrates third anniversary of opening of American corners dedicated to Ben Franklin, to connect with local communities in Chiapas, Mexico. - State Dept Image
U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Tony Wayne celebrates third anniversary of opening of American corners dedicated to Ben Franklin, to connect with local communities in Chiapas, Mexico.

Good governance underpins the long-term success of our foreign policy objectives. In many places around the world, however, the space for democratic expression and fundamental freedoms is closing due to the rise in autocracy and state capture by criminal organizations. The Department and USAID promote these objectives by engaging directly with governments to combat corruption, protect marginalized and vulnerable groups, promote the rule of law and access to justice, encourage free exchange of information, and to empower civil society to hold governments accountable.


“Strong civil society and respect for democracy, the rule of law, and human rights – these are not just American values. They’re universal values. They’re universal aspirations.”

- Secretary John Kerry


Recommendations:

  • Bolster support for democracy, human rights and governance. We will continue to invest in democracy, human rights and governance initiatives, and capacity-building as a strategic priority.
  • Expand anti-corruption initiatives. We will build on successful global initiatives, such as the Open Government Partnership and the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. In collaboration with the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security, we will expand our partnerships with other nations to improve their capacity to target corruption and bribery, increase enforcement, and manage the inevitable reaction from those who profit from corruption.
  • Strengthen support of civil society and protect an open Internet. We will strengthen our efforts to empower civil society, push back against expanding restraints on freedom of association and assembly, and protect an open Internet in restrictive environments.
  • Deepen partnerships and defend human rights. We will continue our commitment to the protection of human rights. We will heighten our defense of marginalized individuals and groups, and expand outreach to groups and communities that share our goals on governance issues and other foreign policy challenges.