Amid the trend toward greater democracy, The Carter Center has become a pioneer in the field of election observation, monitoring 94 national elections to help ensure that the results reflect the will of the people.
Beyond elections, the Center seeks to deepen democracy by nurturing full citizen participation in public policy-making and by helping to establish government institutions that bolster the rule of law, fair administration of justice, access to information, and government transparency.
A culture of respect for human rights is crucial to permanent peace. The Center supports the efforts of human rights activists at the grass roots, while also working to advance national and international human rights laws that uphold the dignity and worth of each individual.
When democracy backslides or formal diplomacy fails, the Center offers conflict resolution expertise and has furthered avenues for peace in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and Asia.
Since 1982, The Carter Center has shown in more than 70 nations that creating a world at peace is a very possible journey, one step at a time.
Current peacemaking initiatives touch all corners of the globe and include:
The Carter Center, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, was founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former
First Lady Rosalynn Carter, in partnership with Emory University, to advance peace and health worldwide. A nongovernmental
organization, the Center has helped to improve life for people in more than 70 countries by resolving conflicts; advancing
democracy and human rights; preventing diseases; improving mental health care; and teaching farmers to increase crop production.