Carter Center Board of Trustees Chairman Visits Zambia and Praises Strong Partnerships

LUSAKA, ZAMBIA (July 7, 2023) — Jason Carter, chairman of The Carter Center Board of Trustees and the grandson of former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, participated in a discussion today in Lusaka about the Center's work in the country.

"The Carter Center can provide some technical assistance, some strategies based on having seen many countries," Carter said. "But the work is only effective if it’s done by Zambians, in Zambia, for the Zambian democracy. We’re thrilled and honored to be here and have seen the success and the quality and the passion of so many of those partners."

Today's event concludes Carter’s four-day visit to Zambia to meet with partners and highlight the Center’s ongoing programming to support the participation of women, youth, and persons with disabilities in political affairs in the country.

Carter, who was accompanied by his wife, Kate, and sons Henry and Thomas, also visited Gwembe District in Southern Province, one of four areas where the Center is conducting a pilot project to help members of rural communities address the impact of climate change.

Carter underscored the Center's support for projects that help make it possible for all citizens to participate in government. He also spoke about his visit to Gwembe and about the Center’s global work, including its efforts to strengthen democracy in the United States.

Today's meeting was a follow-up to the Securing a Seat at the Table: Women, Youth, and Persons with Disabilities as Influencers and Decision-Makers in Zambia event organized by The Carter Center on March 31, 2023. 

The Carter Center has worked for more than 30 years to support credible elections and inclusive democracy in Zambia through election observation and civil society support.

Video links:

Democracy in Zambia and the United States

Successful Partnerships

Importance of Inclusion

Confronting Climate Change

Carter Center History in Zambia

Consequences of Climate Change

For a transcript of the entire Q&A, please contact Maria Cartaya at


Contact: In Atlanta, Maria Cartaya,
In Zambia, Rachel Fowler,

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