good governance

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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.
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Tackling corruption in Europe and getting results

Meet anticorruption champions in Bulgaria, Cyprus, Latvia and Ukraine who are challenging corrupt officials and increasing transparency.
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State Department’s Sara Minkara, champion of disability rights

Sara Minkara built a career as an advocate for people with disabilities. Learn what she is doing now at the State Department.
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Zambian youth set a new course for their country [infographic]

Young people in Zambia are staying engaged after the latest election. Find out how Zambia's next generation is contributing to society.