Waging Peace.
Fighting Disease.
Building Hope.


The Carter Center has worked with the people of Sudan since 1986 to help them resolve conflict, negotiate peace, increase crop production, and prevent or eliminate devastating neglected diseases.


Waging Peace

The Carter Center helped find ways to end Sudan's civil war, working with President Carter directly to negotiate between the parties and to help focus local, regional, and international opinion on peace, not war. Milestones include negotiation of the 1995 "Guinea worm cease-fire," which gave international health workers almost six months of relative peace to enter areas of Sudan previously inaccessible due to fighting, and the 1999 Nairobi Agreement between Sudan and Uganda, in which the governments pledged to stop supporting rebels acting against each other's governments. The Carter Center also observed historic elections in Sudan in 2010 and the historic referendum on independence for southern Sudan in 2011.

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Fighting Disease

The Center's first program in Sudan began in 1986 with agricultural development work focused on helping farmers to improve crop yields. The Center's efforts have since expanded into additional programs – including the prevention or elimination of devastating neglected tropical diseases: Guinea worm disease, river blindness, and trachoma.

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Map of Sudan
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Size: 1,861,484 square kilometers

Population: 34,847,910

Population below poverty line: 47 percent

Life expectancy: 63 years

Exports: gold, oil and petroleum products, cotton, sesame, livestock, groundnuts, gum arabic, sugar

Ethnic groups: Sudanese Arab (approximately 70%), Fur, Beja, Nuba, Fallata

Religions: Sunni Muslim, small Christian minority

Languages: Arabic (official), English (official), Nubian, Ta Bedawie, Fur


(Source: U.S. Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook 2013)

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