A transparent, empowered school board process in Egypt raises election turnout and expectations. Elected parents and community members attend a Board of Trustees meeting in Egypt, to determine, prioritize and meet the school's needs. USAID
The U.S. Government supports just and democratic governance for three related reasons: (1) as a matter of principle, (2) as a contribution to U.S. national security, and (3) as a cornerstone of the broader development agenda. The National Security Strategy makes clear that supporting the expansion of democracy and human rights abroad is in our national interest. U.S. leadership in promoting capable, transparent, accessible, and accountable public institutions and economic growth is key to achieving successful and sustained transitions to democracies and universal freedoms around the globe. The Department and USAID work to build the essential institutions of democratic accountability, including the advancement of rule of law and human rights, good governance, political competition and civil society.
The Department and USAID allocated $3.296 billion toward this Strategic Goal in FY 2011, which is 7 percent of the total State-USAID budget supporting all strategic goals. The Department and USAID met or exceeded targets for 42 percent of their performance indicators for Strategic Goal 2. Forty-six percent of indicators were below target, and ratings were not available for 12 percent that are new indicators or data are not yet available.
The Department and USAID work with governments and civil society to build and strengthen effective and responsive democratic governments that value and support good governance, political rights, civil liberties, media and religious freedom and rule of law. As noted at right, the top 20 beneficiaries of U.S. Government assistance (blue) have considerable progress to make in order to attain the level of just and democratic governance achieved by a select group of countries that have graduated from U.S. Government assistance (red)1. The positive results of U.S. Government assistance for democracy and governance programs as reported below are helping to close that gap.