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Andean-U.S. Forum Aims to Strengthen Relations

For the past two days at The Carter Center, influential nongovernmental participants from the United States and the five Andean countries of Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia have gathered for a dialogue aimed to strengthen the historically difficult U.S.-Andean relations and cooperation.

The project is co-sponsored by The Carter Center and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance …

Community Legal Advisors Help Ensure Rural Citizens Have Access to Justice

Working with monitors from the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (JPC), The Carter Center supports legal advice services in marginalized rural communities through a network of 32 Community Legal Advisors (CLAs) in eight counties.

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CLAs are either stationed in major towns or travel from village to village as ‘mobile’ monitors.   They offer free advice …

Jimmy Carter, Carter Center Staff Focus on Historic Sudan Elections

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter met with Sudanese officials to urge peace and stability in the nation as it prepares for its first multi-party elections in 24 years in April, which the Carter Center’s international election observation team will monitor. The meetings were part of a Feb. 9-12 tour of Sudan, to also encourage the country’s final push toward Guinea …

Fighting Guinea Worm in Molujore Village, Southern Sudan

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Central Equatoria State Governor Clement Wani Konga, and Commissioner Clement Maring Samuel today urged intensification of efforts to wipe out Guinea worm disease–a waterborne parasitic infection–in the remote village of Molujore, Terekeka County, Southern Sudan. The village visit was followed by a press conference at the Assembly Hall in Juba, with representatives from Sudan’s Ministry …

John Stremlau for CNN.com – Mandela Inspires

On the twentieth anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s release from a South African prison, Carter Center Vice President for Peace Programs John Stremlau writes for CNN.com that “Mandela must continue to embody the roles for South Africans that Washington, Lincoln and King serve in protecting and advancing democracy in America. And like them, Mandela’s example inspires others and has become a …

Southern Sudan: Guinea Worm’s Final Frontier

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, are in Sudan—the world’s most Guinea worm-endemic country—to personally appeal for completing eradication of the crippling waterborne parasite as soon as possible and to urge peace and stability in the nation as it prepares for its first multi-party elections in 24 years in April, which the Carter Center’s international election observation …

Access to Information is a Powerful Tool and Fundamental Human Right

The African Regional Conference on the Right of Access to Information began Sunday in Accra, Ghana. More than 130 participants arrived from 20 African countries as well as Mexico, Canada, India, Australia, and the United States. Even the blizzard could not stop our colleagues from Washington, D.C. Our Carter Center team had come days before to continue preparations for the …

Electoral Reform in Nigeria: Drawing on Health Partnership Successes

The Carter Center has deep roots in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country and one plagued by poisonous politics. Jimmy Carter’s 1978 visit was the first time a U.S. president visited an African state. The Carter Center has worked there since 1988 to eradicate or control neglected diseases like Guinea worm and river blindness. In 1999, the Center observed the presidential …

The Carter Center in Nepal: A Long-Term Observer Reflects on Challenges, Progress

Carter Center observer Antonia Staats was stationed in Nepal from June-December 2009 to observe the constitution-drafting process following historic elections monitored by The Carter Center in 2008.  She talks about the challenges and rewards of being an observer:

The project in Nepal is special both in its length and the freedom we observers have to look at a variety of …