World Resource Institute

WRI Annual Report 2019-20: Courage To Lead

Courage to Lead

Celebrating Urban Transformation

WRI’s sixth Courage to Lead Dinner, held April 10, 2019, at the newly opened Shed venue in New York City, featured the inaugural WRI Ross Center Prize for Cities to honor transformational urban projects around the world. With support from philanthropist and WRI Global Board Director Stephen M. Ross, the first prize was awarded to School Area Road Safety and Improvement (SARSAI), which redesigns city streets to save children’s lives in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

European government partners continue to be among our largest donors, providing both institutional and programmatic support. In FY2019, they provided $84 million.

Rapid urbanization, rising vehicle traffic and haphazard development in Tanzania’s capital have created perilous conditions for pedestrians, especially children who walk miles to and from school every day. As a result, some Dar es Salaam schools see more than a dozen students killed or injured each year. SARSAI identifies schools with the highest rates of student injury and installs pedestrian crossings, speed humps and other measures to help children get to school safely. So far, SARSAI has helped more than 38,000 students in Dar es Salaam, and the project has expanded to nine cities across sub-Saharan Africa.

SARSAI was among five finalists selected from the nearly 200 project applicants. Other finalists included a waste-pickers’ cooperative in Pune, India; a revitalized marketplace for informal traders in Durban, South Africa; an aerial tram system in Medellín, Colombia; and an urban redesign project in Eskisehir, Turkey.

In addition to awarding the prize, the evening featured a lively panel discussion on reimaging cities, moderated by CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta. WRI’s Courage to Lead Dinner honors leaders and organizations that share WRI’s dedication to tackling today’s urgent global environmental and economic development challenges. Held biennially, the dinner raises funds to advance WRI’s mission.

David Blood, Generation Investment Management and Co-Chair, WRI Global Board of Directors; Manish Bapna, WRI; Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN; Adriana Lobo, WRI México; Stephen Ross, Related Companies and WRI Global Board Director; Liz Cook, WRI; Andrew Steer, WRI (from left to right).

Courage to Lead 2019 Supporters


Tammie Arnold

Bank of America

Frances G. Beinecke

Bernard and Anne Spitzer Charitable Fund

Afsaneh M. Beschloss

David Blood

Stephen Brenninkmeijer

Caterpillar Inc.


Elizabeth Cook

The Corcoran Group

Cushman & Wakefield

Davis and Gilbert LLP


Helen Dimos and Benjamin Oko

Daniel L. Doctoroff

Tina T. Duong

Andrew L. Farkas, Island Capital Group & C-III Capital Partners

Pam Flaherty

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Michael and Rebecca Gamzon

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Goldman Sachs

Elizabeth Goldstein

James A. Harmon

Hudson News Distributors, LLC


Jaros Baum and Bolles

JPMorgan Chase

Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts & Co

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

Langan International

Levinson Charitable Trust

Jeffrey Levitt

William Martin

Paul Meister


NED Management L.P.

The Olayan Group

Pascucci Family

Proskauer Rose LLP

William Quan

Related Companies

Richman Real Estate Investment, Inc.

Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP

Rockwell Group

Roger and Vicki Sant

SAP Foundation

Jennifer Scully-Lerner

The Shanken Family Foundation


The Speyer Family Foundation, Inc.

Carl Stanton

Jocelyn Starzak

Liesbet and Andrew Steer

The Philip Stephenson Foundation

Steve Strongin

Taconic Investment Partners

Sue and John Tierney

Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Foundation, Inc.

Daniel and Sheryl Tishman

Thornton Tomasetti

Daniel Weiss/Angeleno Group

Wells Fargo