The Global Development Lab at UCLA is an undergraduate student-led organization that strives to create a community for students to research and implement innovative projects critical to the alleviation of poverty at home and abroad. GDL equips students with tangible skills and connections to pursue their own capstone development initiatives that are ethical and sustainable. At a global university located in a global city, YOU have the ability to promote development both locally and globally by supporting our campaign. By funding these projects, you will be directly influencing the sustainable development from the local scale of Los Angeles to the international scale.
As the lab enters its fifth year, we want to provide more students with the chance to compete for funding and implement the projects they work on throughout the year, as our organization relies completely on grants and outside funding. Through your support, we can award the projects that our judges determine to be the most unique, thorough, and ethical with grants to implement their projects.
Thanks to your generous donations in last year's campaign, we were able to fund the two winning capstone projects of our Project Showcase! GDL grant-winners Olivia, Maly, Ronni, and Shelbie used these funds to implement their projects in Kumi, Uganda, and Tijuana, Mexico.
Olivia, Maly, and Ronni’s project, KumiKonnect, implemented Wi-Fi technology at the Atutur Hospital in Kumi, Uganda, along with a support and resource network among regional medical schools and hospitals. Shelbie’s project created an after school program at a food shelter for children in La Morita, Tijuana.
Our students are driven by a passion for international development and are working hard to research and design projects aimed to address critical issues that they have identified and investigated. At GDL, students follow a design process aimed to produce initiatives that are sustainable, culturally relevant, and in alignment with the goals and needs of their community partners. With your support, our students will be able to make their projects a reality and have the opportunity to create tangible, meaningful change.