good governance

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City leaders pledge to strengthen democracy

City leaders from around the world, from Argentina to South Africa, exchanged ideas about strengthening democracy.
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How U.S. researchers helped avert economic disasters

Meet the three Americans who won the 2022 Nobel Prize in economics for research that has helped governments respond to economic downturns.
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U.S.-Africa partnerships advance shared ideals

Secretary Blinken laid out four priorities that he said the U.S. government and African countries must tackle together. Learn what they are.
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Strengthening democracies across the Americas

Leaders will discuss democratic governance and open government at this year's Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles.
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An opportunity to encourage responsible business practices

The State Department is asking people worldwide for suggestions on how best to encourage responsible business.
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In the U.S., public companies’ financial details are transparent to all

Regulators require companies listed on U.S. stock markets to report financial details regularly. Anyone can sort the data for free.
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How anyone can request government records

In the United States, anyone can use the Freedom of Information Act to find out what the government is doing and how it's doing it.
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The president’s State of the Union speech: Why it matters

Millions of people around the world are expected to watch President Biden's State of the Union address. Learn why the speech gets attention.
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Promoting open government in South and Central Asia

Advocates in South and Central Asia push for more transparent governance. Learn more about them and how the U.S. supports their efforts.