Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 10/2009

Challenges to U.S. Government Support for Media Development

Andrew Green

June 2009

National Endowment for Democracy


Media play a pivotal role in U.S. foreign policy, but the two U.S. government bodies most directly involved in media development assistance—the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)—face significant resource shortfalls in this area. This weakness has a direct impact on the U.S. government’s ability to support media development around the world. Several units within the State Department are engaged with media efforts. Those that work in media development usually do so in cooperation with or through USAID and its media experts.