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Voting Day: Liberia’s Oct. 11 Presidential and Legislative Elections

Deborah Hakes, assistant director of the Carter Center’s Office of Public Information, reports from Liberia, where the Carter Center’s international election observation team monitored the country’s Oct. 11 elections.

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Liberians lined up to vote on a rainy morning in Monrovia on Tuesday, Oct. 11. Credible elections in 2011 are a key test of whether …

Liberia’s First Mental Health Clinicians Deploy to Fight Disease, Build Hope

Torrential rains in Monrovia, Liberia, Friday morning did not deter dozens of family members and friends from arriving at the Tubman National Institute of Medical Arts hours before graduation ceremonies for the nation’s first mental health clinicians began. No one wanted to miss their loved one become part of their nation’s history and hope for a better future.

Liberian Students Making History and Making a Difference in Mental Health

Dr. Janice Cooper, a native Liberian, is the Carter Center’s project lead for a new mental health initiative that, in partnership with the Liberia Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, is helping the nation build a sustainable mental health care system. This spring, Dr. Cooper began training Liberia’s first cadre of qualified, home-grown mental health clinicians.

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Journey to Liberia: Carter Center Staffer Reflects on Country’s Mental Health Needs, New Initiative

After more than a decade of civil conflict, many Liberians suffer from trauma, depression, and other mental health issues. The current demand for services is impossible to meet with only one psychiatrist in the entire country and only a handful of nurses with mental health training. Jane Bigham, assistant program coordinator for the Carter Center’s Mental Health Program, recently traveled to Liberia to help launch a new five-year initiative and to assist the Liberian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in the development and training of a mental health workforce.

Public Radio International Highlights Judicial System in Liberia

Public Radio International’s “The World” examines Liberia’s struggle with land disputes, as citizens return home after the war to find others living on land they claim as their own, in a story aired Aug. 3. The story also features the Carter Center’s John Hummel, who explains the country’s need for both a modern legal system and tribal justice system, and …

Carter Center Honored by Traditional Council of Liberia, Transitions to New Country Representative

The National Traditional Council of Liberia (NTC) recently honored Carter Center efforts in the country at a farewell ceremony for the Center’s outgoing country representative, John Hummel. Hummel was gowned in traditional clothing as a show of appreciation to him and The Carter Center for “its good will to the Liberian people,” describing him as “a son whom they will …

Voice of America Features Carter Center’s Access to Justice Project in Liberia

The Carter Center’s new initiative to help Liberia’s indigenous leaders manage local disputes was recently featured by Voice of America. The Center’s efforts follow a 15-county consultation on the rule of law with traditional leaders in 2009, and a request from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the National Traditional Council for help strengthening the capacity of local leaders to …

Join Us for Conversations on Wednesday, March 10

In his new book, “Wars, Guns, and Votes,” Oxford economist Paul Collier argues that the international community – presumably including The Carter Center – focuses too much on holding elections and ignores the underlying problems of insecurity and lack of checks and balances essential for democratic development. Collier will discuss his concerns during a Carter Center Conversation on Wednesday from …

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 …