Read the latest edition of USAID’s premier publication, FrontLines, to learn more about the Agency’s work in democracy, human rights and governance.

This Timor-Leste printing press was destroyed in 1999 during violence following a referendum on independence. Today, the artifact remains near the current press at Suara Timor Lorosae – the first independent newspaper in Timor-Leste – to remind people of the importance of a free and independent media. Salvador J. Ximenes Soares, shown here beside the press, is the newspaper’s editor. USAID funded the destroyed press and the one that replaced it. Photo credit: Mauricio Borges, USAID

Some highlights:

  • Last year’s Arab Spring protests are this year’s stepped up march toward democracy for Egyptian and Tunisian citizens
  • Says Youk Chhang, a survivor of Cambodia’s genocide under the Khmer Rouge: “[W]e need to make sense of our history before we can heal and move on.”
  • Democracy is on the airwaves as the Sudan Radio Service provides an independent voice for national and community news in the new nation of South Sudan
  • USAID is helping some of the 1 billion people on the planet who have disabilities secure the tools they need to lead full and independent lives
  • Progress is taking hold in a post-dictator Paraguay as government and civil society embrace reforms

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