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The Geneva Challenge | Advancing Development Goals International Contest for Graduate Students

The Geneva Challenge | Advancing Development Goals International Contest for Graduate StudentsThe Geneva Challenge | Advancing Development Goals International Contest for Graduate Students aims to present innovative and pragmatic solutions to address the challenges of loneliness. The Challenge is open to graduates worldwide taking up projects that proffer solutions to the challenges of development and peace, and in particular, the challenges of loneliness.

Challenge Description

The Geneva Graduate Institute launched the Geneva Challenge 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:

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

The Geneva Challenge owes its initiative and patronage to the generous vision of Ambassador Staehelin with the support of late Kofi Annan who was the High Patron of the contest.

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Prizes | The Geneva Challenge

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.

Selection Process

  • Submissions for the Geneva Challenge | Advancing Development Goals International Contest for Graduate Students 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.
  • The Jury is an independent high-level Panel composed of policy makers and academics, young talents and experienced professionals, who will select the competition’s finalists.

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Application Procedure

How To Apply: The Geneva Challenge | Advancing Development Goals International Contest for Graduate Students.

Registration Deadline: April 23; Submission Deadline: July 14.

What is the difference between the two deadlines? The registration deadline is simply the date by which you will be needed to fill in an application form and send in your proof of enrolment, confirming your status as a master student.

  • The confirmation documents (enrolment certificates or student cards) should contain your name, your graduate programme and a recent issuance date.
  • In case you do not have these documents at the time of your registration, please send them to this email address (geneva.challenge@graduateinstitute.ch).

Following the registration, you have four months to prepare your proposal, which is due by the submission deadline. Your project must be submitted on a form before midnight 12 am (Central Europe Time), on July 14 2023.

Website and Application Link

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