The Carter Center
The Carter Center was founded in 1982 by former U.S President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, to advance peace and health worldwide. The Center aims to assist in supporting human rights, strengthening democracy, and improving the quality of life around the world. The Carter Center has observed more than 90 elections on four continents. The Center is a non-governmental organization (NGO) that does not favour or provide funds to any candidate or party and is not a part of the US Government.
The Carter Center in Nepal
The Carter Center’s involvement in Nepal began in 2003. Over the past several years, the Center and President Carter have worked to promote inclusive democracy and lasting peace throughout the country. The Carter Center was invited to observe the first Constitution Assembly (CA) election and deployed teams of international election observers across Nepal. President Carter also visited Nepal three times during the election period.
After the CA election in 2008, the Carter Center was invited to observe Nepal’s ongoing peace process and constitutional process, with a focus on local level issues. In June 2009, the Center deployed teams of international and Nepali long-term observers (LTOs) to each of Nepal’s five development regions. Carter Center LTOs meet with citizens, political parties, government and security officials, marginalized groups, civil society, and others to understand concerns at the district and VDC levels and share them with leaders in Kathmandu. The LTOs focus specially on key elements of the peace process, including implementation of past agreements, and public participation and perceptions of the constitutional process. Additionally, in 2010, The Carter Center was invited by the Election Commission of Nepal to observe the voter registration process. In 2013, The Carter Center observed Nepal’s second CA election following a written invitation from the Election Commission of Nepal and Chairman of the Council of Ministers.
The Center’s observation activities are intended to demonstrate the support of the international community for Nepal, and to make an independent assessment about the peace and constitutional process in order to build public confidence and highlight any key areas of concern.
The Carter Center released regular public statements and reports with its findings, as well as recommendations on key issues. Past reports are available at: http//cartercenter.org/countries/nepal-peace.html#report
About the Nepal Observation Database
The Carter Center developed the Nepal observation database, where it has stored its observation reports to centralize the information it gathered from June 2009 - June 2013 and facilitate research and analysis of its findings. The database includes Center’s field observation reports on various issues including security, federalism, identity-based politics, voter registration, land, political parties in local bodies, political space and Nepal’s political party youth wings, among others.
To increase the sustainability of its endeavour and ensure that Center’s observation findings and information from the field is available to academics and researchers after the end of its observation mission, The Carter Center transferred its database to Social Science Baha in February 2014.
The database is only available onsite at Social Science Baha to interested researchers. Please contact Jagadish Aryal (firstname.lastname@example.org; 4472807) for more information on accessing the database.