Carter Center appoints Guyana democracy programme project director
Guyana Chronicle
October 19, 2002

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THE Carter Center has appointed Ms. Melanie Reimer, a Canadian citizen, as country project director to coordinate its work here.

A statement from the Atlanta headquarters of the centre said Reimer will manage programmes aimed at strengthening the judicial system and civil society organisations that represent indigenous people, women, and youth.

Reimer brings experience from her work in developing countries for Counterpart International, the United Nations office in Uzbekistan, and most recently, Plenty International, it said.

As the Belize country coordinator for Plenty International, she oversaw Belizean and Central American projects with local non-governmental organisations and community groups, the Carter Center said.

At Counterpart International, she led a major USAID-funded project to promote the development of nonprofit organisations in Uzbekistan, it added.

Reimer studied political science at Brandon University and received her law degree from the University of Manitoba, in Winnipeg, Canada.

Through the USAID (United States Agency for International Development)-funded programme More Responsive and Participatory Governance and Rule of Law in Guyana, The Carter Center's Democracy Programme is working with the Chancellor, Chief Justice and others in the judicial and legal communities to review and revise Guyana's criminal laws, review and draft new Rules of Court in civil matters, and support ongoing education for judges, among other activities related to rule of law.

The centre said the programme also works with Guyanese civil society groups to strengthen their organisational, networking, and advocacy skills.

The Carter Center is a Consortium partner with the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the International Foundation for Election Systems (IFES) in this initiative.

NDI supports legislative and local government reforms, while IFES provides technical assistance on electoral administration.