Making Connections in Atlanta, Georgia

Carol Jenkins, President of World Learning, Global Development & Exchange, speaks with a guest at Atlanta’s Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum.

Members of World Learning’s board, staff, and worldwide network of alumni and partners gathered in Atlanta, Georgia, on February 9 and 10 to reconnect and discuss the importance of partnerships in international development. On Tuesday, alumni strolled through the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum on a guided tour of the thirty-ninth president’s life and administration, afterward catching up at a reception held in the non-profit Carter Center, housed in the same building. Carter Center CEO Ambassador Mary Ann Peters spoke of the Center’s mission to eradicate Guinea worm, which in 1986 affected 3.5 million people. Today, thanks to the Carter Center and its partners, that number has been reduced by more than 99.99 percent.

A panel discussion the next day at the High Museum of Art focused on the importance of partnerships in international development. Representatives from World Learning, the Carter Center, Morehouse College’s Andrew Young Center for International Affairs, and the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation spoke of their work in international development, the crucial role that partners play in these projects, and how development partnerships may evolve in coming years. Carol Jenkins, President of World Learning, Global Development & Exchange, emphasized that while partnerships are often the key to success, they require work to establish and maintain. “Partnerships are critical for success in the work we all do and the work World Learning has done for nearly nine decades,” Jenkins said.

“Partnerships are also challenging and complicated,” she added. “They require trust and transparency. And they require resources.”

World Learning board members, staff, and alumni enjoyed a tour of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, featuring highlights from President Carter’s years in office.
Housed in a single building, the non-profit Carter Center and Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum hosted a meetup of World Learning alumni on February 9.
Ambassador Mary Ann Peters, Carter Center CEO, spoke of the Center’s successful efforts to eradicate Guinea worm, a formerly widespread and neglected tropical disease. Donald Steinberg, President of The School for International Training and CEO of World Learning, Inc., introduced Ambassador Peters.
World Learning board members, staff, and alumni catch up at the Carter Center on February 9.
Guests talk at a reception prior to a panel discussion on partnerships in international development.
The High Museum of Art in Midtown Atlanta hosted the World Learning event.
Guests chatted during a pre-dinner reception. The panel included representatives from World Learning, the Carter Center, Morehouse College’s Andrew Young Center for International Affairs, and the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation.