Donation to UCLA Congo Basin Institute to help leverage efforts similar to the Sustainable LA Grand Challenge on a global scale

August 15, 2019

UCLA’s Congo Basin Institute (Center for Tropical Research, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture) received a $1 million donation from the Anthony and Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation. The donation was matched with a $1 million grant from the Global Challenges Research Fund’s Research and Innovation Fund, which is directed by the government of the United Kingdom.

Children from the Baka tribe in Africa (Photo Credit: Hilary Godwin)

The Congo Basin Institute works to develop solutions to the most pressing sustainability challenges facing nations in Africa, including food and water insecurity, climate change and biodiversity loss. Thomas Smith, co-director of the Congo Basin Institute, said that the donation will “aid in leveraging efforts such as UCLA’s Sustainable LA Grand Challenge on an international scale.”

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