Timeline of The Carter Center
Founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, the Atlanta-based Carter Center has helped to improve the quality of life for people in more than 70 countries. The Center, in partnership with Emory University, is committed to advancing human rights and alleviating unnecessary human suffering.
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July 29: Colombia becomes the first country in the world verified by the World Health Organization as having eliminated river blindness, a milestone in the Carter Center-led effort to eliminate the disease from the Western Hemisphere.
July 12: The Carter Center awards 2013-2014 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism to the 17th annual class of fellows, including six from the United States, two from Romania, and for the first time, two teams from Colombia.
July 9: The Carter Center makes a strategic move from control only — to elimination — of river blindness in all the areas of the 10 countries in Africa and Latin America in which the Center fights the neglected disease.
June 28: A group of 60 human rights defenders, religious leaders, and scholars from 15 countries gather at The Carter Center for the conference "Mobilizing Faith for Women" to address key challenges faced by women's rights and religious activists seeking positive solutions for violence against women and other gender-based violations of human rights.
June 13: Nasarawa and Plateau states become the first states to stop transmission of lymphatic filariasis in Nigeria, Africa's most endemic country, setting a global example and demonstrating that eradication of the disease is possible.
June 12: In the ongoing interest of supporting a successful transition to democracy in Tunisia, The Carter Center evaluates the country's working constitutional draft, assessing the extent to which it is consistent with obligations under public international law.
April 18: Former U.S. First Lady Rosalynn Carter and former Congressman Tony Coelho join federal government experts and other mental health officials at The Carter Center to discuss new research published in the American Journal of Public Health's first theme issue on stigma against people with mental illness.
April 14: At the invitation of Venezuela's National Election Council, The Carter Center sends a small delegation to accompany the Venezuelan people during the presidential election following the death of President Hugo Chavez.
April 11: The Carter Center and the Universidad de La Sabana, a private accredited university in Colombia, announce the launch of Colombia's Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism, which will award two annual fellowships to local journalists to investigate and produce stories on mental health issues in the nation.
March 18: The Carter Center launches a series of nongovernmental dialogues between prominent leaders from Sudan and South Sudan to strengthen peace and create lasting understanding between the two countries.
March 15: The Carter Center's Mental Health Program in Liberia, in partnership with the Liberia Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, announces that efforts to improve access to mental health care in the post-conflict nation now reach all 15 counties in Liberia, with each county having access to at least one locally trained and credentialed mental health clinician.
March 4: A 60-person Carter Center delegation observes Kenya's presidential and parliamentary elections and announces in subsequent weeks that, despite serious shortcomings in the management of technology and tabulation of final results, the paper-based procedure for counting and tallying votes confirms the will of Kenyan voters.
Jan. 17: The Carter Center-led international Guinea worm eradication campaign reaches its final stages with only 542 cases reported worldwide in 2012, about half of the 2011 total.
Jan. 14: The Carter Center and the ACE Electoral Knowledge Network release two groundbreaking reports on voter identification processes and practices — a Carter Center comparative analysis of voter identification processes in Africa and Latin America and an ACE report on the balance between preventing fraud and protecting the right to vote.
Jan. 14: The Carter Center deploys a small team of analysts to conduct a study mission of Jordan's Jan. 23 parliamentary elections.
Dec. 10: The Uganda Ministry of Health has interrupted transmission of river blindness (onchocerciasis) in three more areas of the country as part of a Carter Center-assisted effort to eliminate the disease nationwide by 2020.
Nov. 17: A team of 40 Carter Center observers finds the general elections in Sierra Leone (the country's first self-administered elections since the end of the civil war) to be peaceful, orderly, and transparent, with over 87 percent of those eligible turning out to vote.
Nov. 15: A Carter Center study mission of the Oct. 7 presidential election in Venezuela finds increased citizen confidence in the voter system compared to past contests, but suggests improvements to further strengthen the overall electoral system.
Oct. 24: At a critical juncture in Georgia's efforts to restructure community access to quality mental health services, former U.S. First Lady Rosalynn Carter and Frank Berry, the new commissioner of the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, co-host a public town hall meeting at South Georgia Technical College in Americus, Ga., one of six regions where citizens have offered input on recommendations being developed by The Carter Center for improving behavioral health services in local communities statewide.
Oct. 18: The Carter Center deploys a study mission to the West Bank to assess the overall political and electoral conditions surrounding the Oct. 20, 2012, municipal elections.
Aug. 17: The Carter Center's project with the Liberia Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to build a sustainable mental health care system reaches an important milestone with 14 out of 15 counties in Liberia now having access to at least one locally trained and credentialed mental health clinician.
July 7: A limited Carter Center election mission observes Libya's National General Congress elections, the country's first credible national polls in nearly six decades.
June 11: The Carter Center witnesses the runoff for Egypt's presidential election, noting that the Egyptian people again demonstrated a deep commitment to the electoral process, while expressing grave concern about the broader political and constitutional context for the election.
June 4: The Carter Center and the government of Liberia, through the Ministry of Internal Affairs, extend their Memorandum of Understanding to continue collaboration to promote and strengthen good governance and the rule of law in the nation.
May 23-24: Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter leads a Carter Center delegation to witness the first round of Egypt's presidential election, including 102 witnesses from 35 countries, visiting 909 polling stations in 25 governorates to follow voting, counting, and tabulation.
May 17: The isolated desert area of Abu Hamad in Sudan has stopped transmission of river blindness (onchocerciasis) — with assistance from The Carter Center, Lions Clubs International, and the Sudan Federal Ministry of Health — demonstrating that intensified mass treatment of the drug Mectizan, donated by Merck, can interrupt transmission of this debilitating disease.
May 14: The Carter Center receives accreditation from Egypt's Supreme Presidential Election Commission to deploy an international delegation of some 80 witnesses, led by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, to the May 23-24, 2012, presidential election.
April 4: The Carter Center participates as Haiti and the Dominican Republic hold the first of four binational meetings in 2012 to continue cooperative efforts to eliminate two mosquito-borne diseases — malaria and lymphatic filariasis — from the island of Hispaniola.
April 3: The Carter Center supports the Declaration of Global Principles for Nonpartisan Election Observation, a document that signals a major accomplishment in the development of credible and effective election observation.
Feb. 23: Transmission of river blindness (onchocerciasis) has been interrupted in several parts of Uganda, the first such achievement since the launch of Uganda's Carter Center-led river blindness elimination effort in 2007.
Feb. 12: A small Carter Center study group observes the Venezuelan opposition's primary elections, with the candidates chosen representing the political opposition in the Oct. 7 presidential election and the December 2012 governor and mayoral elections.
Feb. 4: A Carter Center delegation of 30 international witnesses to the Jan. 29-Feb. 22 two-phase Shura Council (Upper House) elections in Egypt find low levels of voter turnout, underscoring the political uncertainties surrounding Egypt's ongoing democratic transition.
Jan. 30: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, president of the United Arab Emirates His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and the Children's Investment Fund Foundation donate $40 million to a Carter Center-led eradication campaign to end Guinea worm disease by 2015.
Jan. 10-11: Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter joins a 40-member Carter Center international delegation to witness the final phase of Egypt's People's Assembly (Lower House) parliamentary elections.
Jan. 6: The Friends of the Inter-American Democratic Charter, a group of former leaders and eminent persons in the western hemisphere, call for "serious review and reform" of Nicaragua's electoral system.
Dec. 11: At the invitation of the Independent Electoral Commission, The Carter Center observes Cote d'Ivoire's 2011 legislative elections and finds the voting — an essential step in re-establishing the country's constitutional order — generally peaceful and without major security incidents, achieving a key goal of the peace process laid out by the Political Accord of Ouagadougou.
Nov. 28: The Carter Center observes the presidential and legislative elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo — finding that while the large and peaceful turnout demonstrated the Congolese people's continuing commitment to the pursuit of peace, the provisional election results lacked credibility.
Nov. 28: Egyptians begin three-part parliamentary elections (the first multi-party elections since the departure of Hosni Mubarak) — slated to take place across three regions on separate polling days (Nov. 28, 2011; Dec. 14, 2011; and Jan. 3, 2012) — with an international Carter Center delegation present to "witness" all rounds of voting.
Nov. 8: An international Carter Center delegation of more than 50 observers from 20 countries across Africa and around the world observes Liberia's presidential run-off election and finds that while the election was conducted in general accordance with Liberia's legal framework and international obligations for democratic elections, it was marred by an opposition boycott, violence on the eve of the election, and low voter turnout.
Oct. 23: The Carter Center observes the historic National Constituent Assembly elections in Tunisia — the first "Arab Spring" country to hold democratic elections.
Oct. 11: The Carter Center observes Liberia's presidential and legislative elections, a critical test for the country's transition from war to democratic and constitutional governance.
Oct. 5: Britain's Department of International Development donates £20 million (U.S. $31 million) to the Carter Center's Guinea Worm Eradication Program and calls on other donors to complete funding toward the goal of Guinea worm eradication by 2015.
Sept. 24: The Carter Center deploys a small observation mission for the Cherokee Nation's special election for principal chief, and commends the Cherokee Nation on a successful voting day, calling for transparency as the election process continues via absentee ballot.
Aug. 12: The Carter Center celebrates the graduation of Liberia's first class of locally trained mental health clinicians, who are awarded certificates as part of a joint project between the Liberian Ministry of Health and The Carter Center to build a sustainable mental health system in the post-conflict nation.
Aug. 4: The Carter Center formally launches an international observation mission — at the invitation of the Tunisian electoral commission — to monitor Tunisia's Constituent Assembly elections, set for Oct. 23, marking the first by an "Arab Spring" country.
July 28: Once one of the most endemic countries for Guinea worm disease, Ghana has ended transmission of the water-borne parasitic disease, with the last indigenous case reported and contained in May 2010.
May 18: Despite a climate of heightened insecurity and instances of procedural irregularities that removed an important safeguard of the process, The Carter Center finds that South Kordofan's elections (Sudan province) were generally peaceful and credible — based on conclusions of the Center's election observation team of 24 observers from 14 nations.
April 6: A group of human rights defenders and religious leaders representing more than 20 countries, attending the Carter Center's sixth human rights defenders policy forum titled "Religion, Belief, and Women's Rights," call on faith leaders to reassess the role religions play in continuing discrimination against women worldwide.
March 31: After 13 years spent training more than 26,000 public health workers to help fill the gap in rural health services for 75 million Ethiopians, the Carter Center-assisted Ethiopia Public Health Training Initiative — which has worked in partnership with seven Ethiopian universities and the Ethiopian government to improve the public health education system — officially is transferred to Ethiopia's Federal Ministries of Health and Education.
March 28-30: In a follow-up to their May 2002 visit to Cuba, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter meet with President Raul Castro and other Cuban officials and citizens to learn about new economic policies and the upcoming Party Congress, and to discuss ways to improve U.S.-Cuba relations — a private, nongovernmental mission under the auspices of the not-for-profit Carter Center.
Feb. 28: The Andean-U.S. Dialogue Forum — a citizens' forum sponsored by The Carter Center and International IDEA to identify and contribute solutions to multilateral problems and tensions among the Andean countries (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela) and the United States — outlines a common agenda to improve cooperation among the nations.
Feb. 17: A Carter Center ceremony honors Nigeria and Niger as the most recent nations to halt Guinea worm disease transmission.
Jan. 19: The Carter Center, in partnership with the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission, expands its Community Legal Advisor program to provide legal support services in nine rural Liberian counties — giving rural Liberians access to free community-based legal services and knowledge of their rights.
Jan. 9-15: In one of the Carter Center's largest observation missions, more than 100 observers deploy across Sudan and in eight out-of-country voting locations to witness voting in the referendum on independence for Southern Sudan, which was overwhelmingly approved by voters.