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THE GENEVA CHALLENGE 2021: ADVANCING DEVELOPMENT GOALS FOR MASTERS STUDENTS AROUND THE GLOBE

Registration deadline : 22.03.2021

Submission deadline : 12.07.2021

2021: THE CHALLENGE CHALLENGE

The 2021 Advancing Development Goals International Contest for Graduate Students aims to present innovative and pragmatic solutions to address the challenges of crisis management.

Currently, as the world faces unparalleled levels of challenges, there seems to be no end to the many crises that permeate borders, such as, world hunger, poverty, conflict, climate shocks, migration, unemployment and more recently the pandemic, we are currently facing.

While these crises may affect and slow down the progress on the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, they also provide new opportunities to make progress towards the Development Goals. Responding to these crises requires both a global response and sustainable efforts at the local and national levels to tailor strategies and response mechanisms that resolve current crises and avert future ones. With much uncertainty, spewed by crises around the world, the ‘Advancing Development Goals Contest’ calls upon graduate students from around the globe to embrace these crises as opportunities and devise innovative solutions to effectively manage them and advance the development goals.

THE CONTEST

Learn more about the Advancing Development Goals Contest for Master students

The Advancing Development Goals Contest is a worthy and important initiative and will encourage and inspire young students to be key agents for development and peace – KOFI ANNAN High Patron of the Advancing Development Goals Contest

Eager to stimulate reflection and innovation on development from diverse disciplinary and contextual perspectives and with the generous support of Ambassador Jenö Staehelin, the Graduate Institute has launched in 2014 the Advancing Development Goals Contest, an international competition for Master students.

The idea is to gather contributions that are both theoretically grounded and offer pragmatic solutions to a relevant international development problem stemming from an interdisciplinary collaboration between three to five enrolled master students from anywhere in the world.

Five prizes will be distributed; one in each of the following categories (based on the UN Statistics list):

  • Universities located in Africa
  • Universities located in Asia
  • Universities located in Europe
  • Universities located in North America and Oceania
  • Universities located in South America

SELECTION PROCESS

Submissions are evaluated by an interdisciplinary academic steering committee that will select three submissions per category to be published on the competition’s website and then reviewed by an independent jury of experts with academic, governmental and private sector backgrounds.

Five finalist teams, one team per continent, will be invited (complying with COVID-19 restrictions; travel and accommodation expenses covered) to an oral presentation in Geneva, where they will defend their ideas and answer questions from the jury and the public. The finalists will also be invited to an awards ceremony where the contest results will be announced, preceded by a high-level keynote speech.

PRIZES

The ADG contest distributes 25,000 CHF in monetary prizes. The winning project will be awarded CHF 10,000; the two teams in second place will receive CHF 5,000 each and the two teams in third place, CHF 2,500 each.

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