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Changing the World Through Partnership | From the CEO


Ambassador (ret.) Mary Ann Peters is the chief executive officer of The Carter Center.

During my 18 months at The Carter Center, I’ve been struck repeatedly not only by the frequency of our successes, but also by the chance to appreciate them on two vastly differ­ent scales.

To know we’ve observed 101 elections is one thing. To speak with an old man crying as he waits to vote, because he never dreamed he would do this before he died, is something else. And while it’s impressive to note that since 1999 The Carter Center has assisted health programs in nine countries in completing 489,361 eye surger­ies to prevent blindness from trachoma, the feel of a women clutch­ing my forearm in disbelief because her pain is gone and she knows she has been spared the lonely terror of blindness brings joy to my heart as I share her good news.

More than anything else, I have enjoyed experiencing the camaraderie and partnership with those we’re helping, knowing we’re not doing something for them, but working with them and providing the necessary tools and knowledge so they can improve their own lives.


An Ethiopian woman receives eyelid surgery to reverse the effects of the advanced stages of trachoma, a bacterial eye disease. The Carter Center has assisted in almost 490,000 of these procedures since 1999. (Photo: The Carter Center/P. Rohe)

That is what defines the Carter Center’s successes! We work side-by-side with our partners, sharing both setbacks and successes — always — in search of the next success, no matter what the risk of failure.

That’s the strength of true partner­ship.


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    Barry Jagoda on March 11, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    I was told by a China expert at the University of California that the Carter Center “was doing good work on village elections until the Chinese government told them to stop.” Is this true, or do you have detail suggesting that the Carter Center continues to reach out in an effective and cooperative way vis-a-vis China?

    Thanks kindly, Barry Jagoda


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    Katy Berman on April 20, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    Successes whether small or great when shared as the Carter Center is doing are something that keeps us all moving forward. There are all different levels of life that are being addressed by the center and progress is assured. Keep up the good work. I would like to become involved one day soon. Thanks Katy

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