The Carter Center - non-featured programs

This page lists Carter Center programs that (a) are outside the scope of this review; or (b) appear to have fairly little information available.

Published: 2009

Table of Contents

Ethiopian Public Health Training Initiative (EPHTI)

What is it?

EPHTI aims to improve the quality of training for Ethiopian health care professionals, by developing health curricula, training teachers and health officers, and providing equipment to universities.1

Does it work?

The Carter Center's website does not appear to include any reports on post-education competency of professionals, impact on health outcomes over time, or other evidence of effectiveness.

International Task Force for Disease Eradication

What is it?

The International Task Force for Disease Eradication "evaluate[s] disease control and prevention and the potential for eradicating other infectious diseases."2 It appears to have conducted 1-2 meetings a year in recent years.3

Does it work?

We have not evaluated this program; its work is outside the scope of this report, which focuses on direct humanitarian aid, and it appears to comprise only a small part of the Carter Center's expenses.4

Sasakawa-Global 2000 Agriculture Program

What is it?

The Agricultural Program runs a variety of activities aimed at helping farmers in sub-Saharan Africa to increase their crop yields.5 Its staff includes Norman Borlaug,6 who was credited by the Nobel Peace Prize Committee with bringing a poverty-reducing "Green Revolution" in agriculture to Mexico and countries in Asia.7

Does it work?

The program's website appears to provide very little data on effectiveness. The latest Annual Report (from 2003-2004) provides a chart indicating per-capita food production in project countries and in sub-Saharan Africa as a whole; it does not appear that project countries have superior production or recent production growth.8

Mental Health Program

What is it?

The Mental Health Program conducts public-policy forums and public outreach programs, and sponsors fellowships for journalists working on mental health issues.9

Does it work?

We have not evaluated this program; its work is outside the scope of this report, which focuses on direct humanitarian aid.

Peace Programs

What are they?

The Carter Center website states:10

Our Peace Programs include:
  • Democracy Program: working to create inclusive democratic societies and empower citizens through election observation, international standards for democratic elections, and activities to strengthen rule of law and access to justice.
  • Human Rights Program: elevating the voices of human rights defenders internationally, intervening on behalf of victims of human rights abuses, and strengthening international and grass roots systems to advance and protect human rights.
  • Conflict Resolution Program: monitoring and mediating conflicts, implementing peace agreements, strengthening rule of law and justice, facilitating dialogue to ease tensions, and helping regional organizations build capacity for conflict resolution.
  • Americas Program: working to improve regional cooperation, prevent crises, and deepen democracy in the Western Hemisphere; helping citizens exercise their political and social rights; and increasing government transparency and citizens' access to information.
  • China Program: promoting political reform by improving local election practices; sponsoring Web-based forums on elections, self-governance, and access to information; and expanding channels for civic participation in rural villages.

Do they work?

We have not evaluated these programs; their work is outside the scope of this report, which focuses on direct humanitarian aid, and their combined budget allocation is currently a relatively small part of the Carter Center's expenses (see our discussion of the Carter Center's financials).


  • 1

    Carter Center, "Ethiopia Public Health Training Initiative."

  • 2

    Carter Center, "International task force for disease eradication."

  • 3

    Carter Center, "International task force for disease eradication: Program reports."

  • 4

    In 2000, the Gates Foundation awarded $741,000 over 3 years to "reactivate" this task force. Gates Foundation, "The Carter Center."

  • 5

    "The Agriculture Program, also known as SG2000, provides the tools and means to help farmers in sub-Saharan Africa increase their crop yields through agricultural development." Carter Center, "Agriculture Program."

  • 6

    Carter Center, "Agriculture Program: Program Staff."

  • 7

    Nobel Foundation, "Norman Borlaug: Biography."

  • 8

    Carter Center, Sasakawa-Global 2000 Agriculture Program, "Annual Report (2004)," Pg 5, Figure 1.

  • 9

    Carter Center, "Mental Health Program: Combating the Stigma of Mental Illness."

  • 10

    Carter Center, "Peace Programs: Peace With Justice."