Waging Peace.
Fighting Disease.
Building Hope.

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.
Waging Peace

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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Fighting Disease

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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Map of Ghana
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Size: 238,533 square kilometers

Population: 26,327,649

Population below poverty line: 24 percent

Life expectancy: 66 years

Ethnic groups: Akan, Mole-Dagbon, Ewe, Ga-Dangme, Gurma, Guan, Grusi, Mande-Busanga, other

Religion: Christian (Pentecostal/Charismatic, Protestant, Catholic, other), Muslim, traditional, other, none

Languages: Asante, Ewe, Fante, Boron (Brong), Dagomba, Dangme, Dagarte (Dagaba), Kokomba, Akyem, Ga, other


(Source: U.S. Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook 2016)

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