Through partnerships with the Ghanaian government and local and international nongovernmental organizations, The Carter Center has helped advance peace and health in Ghana by observing elections and working long-term to fight preventable diseases and increase crop production.
The Carter Center observed Ghana's 2008 presidential and parliamentary elections — including the first round, a runoff election, and a re-vote in Tain constituency. In the end, former Vice President John Atta Mills defeated Nana Akufo-Addo, presidential candidate of the incumbent party. The Carter Center concluded that although there were several important areas needing improvement — voter education, political party behavior, election dispute resolution — the largely peaceful and transparent conduct of these elections was an important step forward in Ghana's continued democratic consolidation and role as a regional leader.
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Through agricultural development, Guinea worm disease eradication, and trachoma elimination, The Carter Center and the Ghana Ministry of Health built a strong partnership for nearly a quarter-century, helping the Ghanaian people receive access to the tools and knowledge they need to improve their own lives and build hope for a healthier future.
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(Source: U.S. Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook 2013)