CIG and New America Release New Impact Hub Case Study on the Guinea Worm Eradication Programme

Singapore,28 June 2024 – The Chandler Institute of Governance (CIG) and New America are excited to announce the release of a comprehensive case study today that describes the pathbreaking work of the Carter Center’s Guinea Worm Eradication Program. The case is the third in a series of in-depth examinations that shed light on Impact Hubs, an institutional model for solving concrete societal challenges.

Guinea worm disease is a painful, debilitating ailment that affects people in some of the world’s most isolated and lowest income areas. In 1986, when the Carter Center, a non-profit organisation founded by former US President Jimmy Carter, started its initiative to address the disease, 3.5 million people suffered from it. In 2023, the world recorded only 14 cases, with the disease on the verge of being only the second ever to be eradicated (after smallpox in 1980).

To achieve this success, the Carter Center established an initiative that embodies the characteristics of an Impact Hub, bringing together diverse partners from the public, private, and civic sectors to develop and implement solutions that have a direct impact on a specific, measurable problem. The case study describes in detail how the Carter Center built and operated this programme, with an emphasis on grassroots community engagement, building trust, enacting behavioral change, and the importance of committed political leadership.

Click here to download the Carter Center Case Study

With several Impact Hubs already making a significant difference at global, national, and local levels, this case study illustrates the transformative potential of collaborative action. By illuminating the Guinea Worm Eradication Program, CIG and New America aim to offer actionable insights and practical steps for individuals, organisations, and government institutions interested in adopting or adapting these frameworks for their projects.

Click here to download the Impact Hub Field Guide

About New America

New America is a think tank and civic enterprise dedicated to renewing, reimagining, and realizing the promise of America in an era of rapid technological and social change. Since 1999, New America has nurtured a new generation of policy experts and intellectuals and pioneered bold and successful policy initiatives in areas ranging from education to open technology to political reform. As the nation’s premier idea incubator and accelerator, New America has the unique capacity to quickly innovate new programs and scale existing programs that address the most relevant problems in our society — today, and in decades to come.

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About the Chandler Institute of Governance (CIG)

The Chandler Institute of Governance (CIG) is an international non-profit organization, headquartered in Singapore. We believe in a world where citizens have a deep sense of trust in their governments and public institutions, and where nations are governed by principled, wise leaders supported by an effective civil service. Trust and effective governance serve as a strong foundation for national development and prosperity. CIG supports governments in building government talent, leadership and public service capabilities through practical training programmes, hands-on projects, and knowledge creation and sharing. We are not affiliated with any national government or political party, and we do not represent any partisan or commercial interests.

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For clarifications, please contact:

Gordon LAFORGE (Mr)
Senior Policy Analyst
New America

Manager, Government Projects, Legal Affairs and Communications
Chandler Institute of Governance