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A free press is vital to building democratic societies.

So on World Press Freedom Day, USAID shared stories of our press and media empowerment work in more than 30 countries.

Aissatou Ndiaye of Senegal once feared speaking up because she thought that advocacy was a “man’s job.” Today, as a reporter trained with USAID support, she speaks out about women’s leadership on a radio broadcast that reaches 150,000 people. Aissatou shares her journey on the USAID Storytelling Hub.

In Burma, USAID is supporting an inclusive media landscape that empowers a free press as the country transitions to democracy. Since 2001, a journalism program on the Thai-Burma border has trained more than 1,000 reporters, enabling them to share their stories on Radio Free Asia and other international outlets.

You’re welcome to use YOUR voice—and networks—to share these powerful stories.

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Highlights

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Administrator Smith visits Burma


USAID Administrator Gayle Smith went to Burma earlier this month to underscore the U.S. commitment to that country’s newly elected government and its people.

During the trip, Administrator Smith met with community and civil society groups to show support for those who are working to promote greater freedom, prosperity and dignity in the nation.
Administrator Smith visits Burma. Photo by USAID Burma
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Ready For #GES2016


Curious about how the world’s greatest challenges might be solved? Keep your eyes on Palo Alto, Calif., in June for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit. President Obama hosts this year’s global gathering of 1,000 delegates and 200 entrepreneurs. USAID has supported several innovators, like Hello Tractor’s Jehiel Oliver, who are helping tackle some of the world’s greatest challenges. Follow the event using #GES2016 on Twitter.
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May/June FrontLines now online!


Enjoy stories from Jordan, India, Paraguay, the Philippines and Malawi in the May/June issue of USAID’s FrontLines magazine. Also, read about a partnership between Starbucks and coffee growers in the Democratic Republic of Congo, efforts to eliminate one of the world’s leading causes of blindness, and how assistance is healing psychological wounds from Nepal’s 2015 earthquakes.
May/June FrontLines now online! Photo By Kate Holt/Sightsavers
Helping refugees is the right thing to do.  Photo by Peter Bussian for USAID
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In a time of unprecedented need, we all share a responsibility to act


Nearly 635,000 Syrians are registered as refugees in Jordan. In a new USAID video, meet some of the individuals who are opening their arms to refugees. As one person who is helping says, “It’s impossible to walk away from them as long as they need our help.”

Visit Humanity Acts for more stories and ways to take action.
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Have you discovered 2030 yet?


2030 on Medium is where you can find some of our most compelling stories about the work we do around the world.

The latest stories explain how USAID is providing humanitarian assistance to the Iraqi people and how we are making Ethiopia more resistant to drought. Follow USAID on Medium to receive these stories in your inbox.
Have you discovered 2030 yet? Photo by Nicole Widdersheim / USAID
Helping refugees is the right thing to do.  Photo by Stuart Ramson / Nothing But Nets
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It’s time to “Call Your Shot”


NBA MVP Stephen Curry, USAID, Malaria No More and Nothing But Nets are inviting you to “Call Your Shot” to end malaria. Here’s how it works: shoot a video of yourself making a creative shot in any sport. Upload the video to Twitter with the #CallYourShot hashtag. Then challenge your friends to do the same.

For inspiration, check out some of the best Call Your Shot videos here.