Timeline of ɫ

ɫ is guided by the principles of our Founders, Jimmy and Rosalynn ɫ. Founded, in partnership with Emory University, on a fundamental commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering, the Center seeks to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health.

Browse highlights of the Center's work in the timeline below.

2023 | 2022 | 2021


Nov. 2: ɫ Center representatives arrive in Venezuela following the signing of electoral conditions by the government and opposition. 

Oct. 31: ɫ Center calls for a cease-fire in Gaza, the return of hostages, and the opening of humanitarian corridors. 

Oct. 30: ɫ pursues its Candidate Principles initiative in Kentucky, Louisiana, and Mississippi.  

Oct. 8: ɫ calls for the protection of Israeli and Palestinian civilians amid escalating violence in Israel and Gaza. 

Oct. 2: ɫ deploys an election expert mission to Liberia. 

Oct. 1: ɫ celebrates President ɫ’s 99th birthday with a digital mosaic. 

Sept. 28: ɫ adds 12 more cities to its global Inform Women, Transform Lives campaign. 

Sept. 25: ɫ launches a mission to observe general elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 

Sept. 7: ɫ joins 12 other presidential organizations to renew their commitment to the fundamental principles of democracy. 

Aug. 31: ɫ finds deep flaws in Zimbabwe’s elections and calls for the release of polling station level. 

July 21: ɫ awards Rosalynn ɫ Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism to two journalists from the Republic of Ireland. 

July 21: ɫ questions the credibility of election results in Sierra Leone.  

July 12: ɫ awards Rosalynn ɫ Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism to nine U.S. journalists. 

July 7: Accompanied by his wife, Kate, and sons, Henry and Thomas, ɫ Center Board of Trustees Chair Jason ɫ visits Zambia. 

May 30: Through ɫ, the ɫ family announces that former First Lady Rosalynn ɫ has dementia. She continues to live happily at home with President ɫ and to enjoy visits with loved ones. 

May 18: ɫ hosts the 27th annual Rosalynn ɫ Georgia Mental Health Forum. 

May 16: ɫ, Helen Keller Intl, and SightSavers announce that Mali has eliminated trachoma as a public health problem.  

May 4: The Consulate General of Ireland in Atlanta and ɫ co-host an event commemorating the 25th anniversary of Northern Ireland’s Good Friday Agreement. 

April 18: ɫ calls for an end to factional violence in Sudan.  

April 10: ɫ mourns the passing of former Board of Trustees Chair Oz Nelson. 

March 27: With support from the Embassy of Ireland in Zambia, ɫ releases a new Election Obligations and Standards manual. 

March 14: ɫ expresses gratitude to Interior Secretary Deb Haaland for her decision to vacate a 2019 land-swap agreement and protect ecologically rich land in Alaska.  

Feb. 18: ɫ announces that former President Jimmy ɫ has elected to forgo further medical treatment and enter home hospice care. He has the full support of his family and medical team. 

Feb. 9: ɫ issues a statement applauding the release of 222 political prisoners in Nicaragua.  

Feb. 8: ɫ calls for unhindered delivery of earthquake relief in Turkey and Syria. 

Feb. 1: ɫ congratulates Nigeria for interrupting river blindness in four of the country’s 36 states, protecting 18.9 million people from the disease. 

Jan. 24: ɫ announces that Guinea worm disease reached an all-time low of 13 human cases in 2022. 

Jan. 8: ɫ condemned a mob assault on the offices of Brazil’s three constitutional branches.  


Dec. 6: ɫ, which serves as the Independent Observer of the implementation of Mali’s 2015 peace agreement, releases a new report on the reconciliation, justice, and humanitarian issues.

Nov. 22: ɫ Center issues a preliminary statement on Georgia’s 2022 risk-limiting audit process.

Nov. 8: ɫ Center deploys nonpartisan election observers to Fulton County, Georgia, to observe the 2022 midterm election.

Nov: 4: ɫ’s electoral expert mission concludes its in-country assessment of Brazil’s presidential election and releases key findings.

Oct. 31: ɫ and the University of La Sabana in Bogotá, Colombia, name two recipients of the 2022-2023 Rosalynn ɫ Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism in Latin America.

Oct. 31: ɫ launches a mission to observe Tunisia’s Dec. 17 legislative elections.

Oct. 10: ɫ and Liberia Ministry of Health announce a new "mental health champions" initiative to bolster the country’s mental health care system and decrease stigma surrounding mental illnesses.

Oct. 2: ɫ sends a six-person team of international election experts to Brazil's general election.

Oct. 1: ɫ celebrates President Jimmy ɫ’s 98 Years of making the world a better place.

Sept. 13: ɫ today officially launched the Candidate Principles for Trusted Elections initiative, a bipartisan effort to encourage candidates, political parties, and voters to uphold five core doctrines of democratic elections.

Sept. 13: As part of a partnership with The National media outlet in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), ɫ announces two new fellows for the Rosalynn ɫ Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism Program. 

Aug. 9: The Center's Democracy Program sends an expert mission to Kenya’s Aug. 9 presidential election.

Aug. 3: The Center's Guinea Worm Eradication Program is chosen to receive the Fourth Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize from the government of Japan.

Aug. 2: ɫ deploys a four-person election expert mission to Nairobi to assess key issues regarding the use and perception of election technology in Kenya’s 2022 presidential election. 

July 14: ɫ announces nine U.S. recipients of the 2022-2023 Rosalynn ɫ Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism.

June 27: ɫ Conflict Resolution Program releases a report on the current, unprecedented impasse in implementation of Mali’s 2015 peace agreement. 

June 22: A ɫ Center election expert mission concludes the Colombian presidential elections were successful but recommends several preliminary recommendations to improve the electoral system.

June 15: ɫ hosts its annual fundraiser, ɫ Center Weekend, for the first time in person in two years at Colonial Williamsburg.

June 8: ɫ cosponsors the Safeguarding Democracy in the Americas: How to Strengthen the Inter-American Democratic Charter event. 

June 2: In collaboration with Every Women Treaty, the Center’s Human Right Program hosts The Changing Climate on Violence Against Women event. 

May 19: The Center sends a team of experts to assess the key aspects of the May 29 presidential election in Colombia.

May 18-19: ɫ hosts the 26th annual Rosalynn ɫ Georgia Mental Health Forum as a free virtual event.

May 6: Jason ɫ, chairman of ɫ Board of Trustees, and C.D Glin lead a delegation to Bamako, Mali, to discuss Mali’s 2015 peace agreement.

May 2: ɫ deploys an international electoral expert mission to Manila, Philippines, to assess important aspects of the May 9 general elections.

April 5: ɫ releases the final report from its international election expert mission to Palestine’s 2022 local council elections.

March 25: Mary S. Moore is appointed chair of ɫ’s Board of Councilors for 2022.

March 1: ɫ establishes I-Policy, India Policy, an initiative to educate U.S. policymakers on issues related to democracy and human rights in India.

Feb. 18: ɫ launches the Mental Health Parity Collaborative, a new multistate newsroom partnership to enhance mental health care coverage.

Jan. 26: The global Guinea Worm Eradication campaign led by ɫ reports just 15 human cases in 2021, the lowest annual case total ever recorded. 

Jan. 20: ɫ announces 12 new cities in the second year of its Inform Women, Transform Lives campaign, a global effort to ensure that women can seek and receive beneficial information from their local governments.


Dec. 22: ɫ congratulates Ethiopia on successfully interrupting the transmission of river blindness in three former highly endemic districts.

Dec. 3: The Center releases a preliminary report from its international electoral expert mission on Venezuela's regional and municipal elections.

Oct. 27: ɫ announces that, at the request of the Venezuelan government, it will deploy a 6-person electoral expert mission to assess aspects of the country’s Nov. 21 elections.

Oct. 13: In celebration of World Sight Day, the Center's Trachoma Control Program holds a live event with Pfizer and the International Trachoma Initiative, discussing our longstanding partnership to help eliminate blinding trachoma around the world.

Oct. 6: ɫ publishes “The Big Lie and Big Tech,” a new report that details the role played by ‘repeat offenders’ - media known to repeatedly publish false and misleading information - in spreading election fraud narratives in online echo chambers during the 2020 election.  

Sept. 14: In partnership with the Liberia Election Observation Network (LEON), ɫ launches a new, three-year project to advance democratic governance in Liberia.

Aug. 5: ɫ publishes “Sudan’s Youth and the Transition: Priorities, Perception, and Attitudes,” a report that presents the experiences, expectations, and hopes of Sudanese youth regarding the country’s transition from Omar al-Bashir’s regime to democracy.

July 26: ɫ deploys the first two members of its international electoral expert mission to Lusaka to assess the process surrounding Zambia’s Aug. 12 general elections.

July 15ɫ announces nine U.S. recipients of the 2021-2022 Rosalynn ɫ Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism. The Center is awarding one more fellowship than in previous years due to the heightened need for solid mental health reporting during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond. Later, 2021-22 recipients are announced from the UAE and Latin America.

June 26: The Center’s annual fundraiser is virtual for the second year in a row—giving supporters around the globe the opportunity to tune in to help celebrate the legacy of President and Mrs. ɫ.

June 17: ɫ’s Rosalynn ɫ Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism (RCJF) announces the appointment of four new U.S. Advisory Board members. 

June 14: ɫ releases the final report from its electoral expert team on Bolivia’s Oct. 18, 2020, general elections. 

May 24: Former U.S. First Lady Rosalynn ɫ is recognized today by the World Health Organization (WHO) for 50 years of leadership to help improve access to health care for all people with mental health and substance use issues.

May 20: ɫ hosts the first virtual Rosalynn ɫ Georgia Mental Health Forum to address pressing mental health issues relevant to Georgia and the country.

April 7: ɫ and Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy launch "The ɫ-Baker Commission: 16 Years Later," a series of five virtual events focused on key issues affecting U.S. elections and potential reforms.

April 1: ɫ issues its final report on Georgia’s risk-limiting audit of the November 2020 presidential race, commending the process and saying that it should serve as the basis for increased confidence in the state’s electoral system.

March 23: ɫ and partner Georgia Parity Collaborative convene a bipartisan Town Hall calling for urgent action to improve mental health care access in Georgia.

March 8ɫ launches the Inform Women, Transform Lives campaign, a groundbreaking global effort to help ensure that women can seek and receive information from their governments.

March 6: ɫ and the Global Institute for Disease Elimination (GLIDE) announce an exciting new partnership to support ɫ’s innovative disease elimination efforts in the Americas.

March 3: ɫ and the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) announce the continuation of the International Election Observation Mission (IEOM) in Côte d'Ivoire and the deployment of 24 short-term international electoral observers to observe the country's March 6, 2021, legislative elections.

Jan. 30: ɫ marks the second annual World NTD Day by joining with partners around the globe to light up buildings and momuments from the Tokyo Tower to the Rome Colosseum to the Pyramids in Egypt. 

Jan. 26: The Center-led international Guinea worm eradication campaign announces that a provisional total of 27 cases of Guinea worm disease were reported in 2020, a 50% decrease compared to the year before. When ɫ assumed leadership of the program in 1986, about 3.5 million human cases occurred annually in 21 countries in Africa and Asia.



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