The Congo Basin Institute

Building a Sustainable Africa Together

The Congo Basin Institute

UCLA and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture are leading a multi-institutional initiative to develop the Congo Basin Institute, which will be a model for how universities can partner in international development.


To find integrative breakthrough solutions that conserve the environment and meet the vital needs of the developing world.

The Challenges

Sub-Saharan Africa is ground zero for potentially devastating impacts of climate change on food security, human health and environment.

Our Plan

Build a center of higher learning and center of scientific excellence in Central Africa — generating research that decision makers can use to address sub-Saharan Africa’s interlocking environmental and development challenges.