Mission: The carter center, in partnership with emory university, is guided by a fundamental commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering; it seeks to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health. 1) the center emphasizes action and measurable results. Based on careful research and analysis, it is prepared to take timely action on important and pressing issues. 2) the center seeks to break new ground and not duplicate the effective efforts of others. 3) the center addresses difficult problems in difficult situations and recognizes the possibility of failure as an acceptable risk. 4) the center is nonpartisan, actively seeks complementary partnerships and works collaboratively with other organizations from the highest levels of government to local communities. 5) the center believes that people can improve their own lives when provided with the necessary skills, knowledge, and access to resources.
Programs: The carter center health programs fight six preventable diseases - guinea worm, trachoma, schistosomiasis, lymphatic filariasis, malaria, and river blindness - by using health education and simple, low-cost methods. The center also strives to improve access to mental health care. These efforts have brought to resource-limited countries better disease surveillance and health care delivery systems, many established as part of the center's historic campaign to eradicate guinea worm disease. Because communities often are burdened by several diseases, the center also is pioneering new public health approaches to efficiently and effectively treat multiple diseases at once.
the carter center peace programs strengthen freedom and democracy in nations worldwide, securing for people the political and civil rights that are the foundation of just and peaceful societies. The center has become a pioneer in election observation, monitoring 99 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 democracy fails, the carter center offers conflict resolution expertise and has furthered avenues for peace in africa, the middle east, latin america, and asia.
the carter center receives broad-based support which is beneficial to all programs and is categorized as cross program. Expenses aid the achievement of the other program service goals and are considered additions to program service expense.