Between 1999 and 2011, HGBF invested nearly $100 million in Africa’s Great Lakes region to support conservation, agriculture and economic development. When conflict reignited in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in 2012, HGBF built on its legacy of support to achieve two simple but ambitious goals: (1) help secure lasting peace; (2) help catalyze widespread economic development.
With a focus in eastern DRC and the key neighbors that border the region, HGBF is investing in the following areas:
- Financial support for the Kampala peace talks;
- Food assistance to IDPs returning home
- Capacity building and operations support for Virunga National Park rangers
- Humanitarian support for counter-LRA efforts
- Support for tourism industry development in Virunga National Park
- Feasibility, planning and co-investment in construction of hydroelectric plants
- Pilot and support for scale-up of agribusinesses
- Peace-building through public works projects
- North Kivu agriculture landscape assessment
- Specialty coffee production in South Kivu
- Central African Railroad feasibility studies and planning
- Border improvement projects
HGBF Past Investments in the Region
infrastructure investments to support food distribution; counter-LRA humanitarian support.
smallholder farmer productivity improvements through PASS; clean water access in rural communities; support for IDPs; guinea worm eradication; land rights promotion for marginalized populations; support for selfdetermination elections.
support for cocoa and coffee farmers in eastern Congo through training, access to improved inputs and connection to commercial markets to improve incomes and livelihoods; annual support to Virunga National Park’s rangers; support for families of park rangers killed in the line of duty and community development through public works’ projects, including hydroelectric plants and roads; funding to support food rations for IDPs returning home.
more than $5 million over the last five years to support clean water access for rural communities through our Global Water Initiative; humanitarian support for IDP communities in the Gulu area; direct support for conservation work and support for counter-LRA efforts.
secondary educational support for refugee girls and direct support to widows of military and park rangerskilled in the line of duty, in addition to our direct support for mountain gorillas and other conservation work in the country.
economic empowerment for women ex-combatants; support for young IDPs and school feeding; sponsorship of Presidential Debates.
integrated water resource management for rural communities through our Global Water Initiative; health and education for rural communities; support for cheetah and other wildlife conservation; training to improve productivity for smallholder farmers.
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