The Open World Leadership Center and the U.S. Agency for Global Media Sign MOU

The Open World Leadership Center and the U.S. Agency for Global Media Sign MOU

For Immediate Release

Maura Shelden, Congressional Relations Specialist at

WASHINGTON, D.C. — This month the Open World Leadership Center, an agency of the U.S. Congress, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the United States Agency for Global Media (USAGM) (formerly the Broadcasting Board of Governors) to collaborate on a no-cost partnership for building worldwide media capacity. The project will design programming and media events aimed at strengthening journalism in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia.

The partnership officially kicks off today as a group of 24 Russian media professionals will take part in an afternoon of professional capacity building at USAGM.

Sixty (60) Open World media and journalism delegates will attend sessions at the USAGM in 2018. More cooperation is planned for 2019.

About the Open World Leadership Center (OWLC): A legislative branch agency, OWLC supports legislative diplomacy efforts for Members of Congress by conducting exchanges that establish lasting professional relationships between emerging leaders and their U.S. counterparts in democratic institutions. Delegates are provided with extensive exposure to American politics and civic life and are home hosted by American families. For almost 20 years, Open World has engaged more than 27,000 Eurasian leaders in thousands of American communities. To learn more about the Open World program, please visit

About the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM): The mission of United States Agency for Global Media is to inform, engage, and connect people around the world in support of freedom and democracy. The Agency’s mission is reinforced by those of the individual broadcasters that are overseen by USAGM.