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
Bank of America
Frances G. Beinecke
Bernard and Anne Spitzer Charitable Fund
Afsaneh M. Beschloss
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
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
Michael and Rebecca Gamzon
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
James A. Harmon
Hudson News Distributors, LLC
Jaros Baum and Bolles
Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts & Co
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Levinson Charitable Trust
NED Management L.P.
The Olayan Group
Proskauer Rose LLP
Richman Real Estate Investment, Inc.
Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP
Roger and Vicki Sant
The Shanken Family Foundation
The Speyer Family Foundation, Inc.
Liesbet and Andrew Steer
The Philip Stephenson Foundation
Taconic Investment Partners
Sue and John Tierney
Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Foundation, Inc.
Daniel and Sheryl Tishman
Daniel Weiss/Angeleno Group