The Carter Center
The Carter Center, in partnership with Emory, advances peace and health worldwide. Its programs, which are guided by a fundamental commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering, have helped to improve life for people in more than seventy countries. The center seeks to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance democracy, and improve health. Center programs merge the knowledge of the academy with action-oriented programs in the United States and the developing world. Under the leadership of former President Jimmy Carter, a University Distinguished Professor, and Rosalynn Carter, the center brings to campus a wide range of international scholars and world leaders.
In this way, the center has strengthened democracies in Asia, Latin America, and Africa, including observing sixty-seven elections in twenty-six countries; helped farmers double or triple grain production in fifteen African countries; mediated or worked to prevent civil and international conflicts; intervened to prevent unnecessary diseases in Latin America and Africa, including the near-eradication of Guinea worm disease; and strived to diminish the stigma against mental illness. A not-for-profit, nongovernmental organization, the center is supported by donations from individuals, foundations, corporations, and countries.
Students regularly participate as volunteers and interns to plan and implement center programs, conduct research, and attend conferences. Although the center itself does not offer a degree program, fellows and associates sometimes teach in the colleges and other schools of the university. The Carter Center also reaches out to include Emory faculty in its activities.
The Jimmy Carter Library and Museum, located next to The Carter Center, contains more than twenty-seven million documents, photographs, films, and mementos of the Carter presidency. The library is open to researchers and to the general public.