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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.
Launch of the 2021 Geneva Challenge : 18.12.2020
Registration of teams opens : 18.12.2020
Announcement of the Jury Panel and the Keynote Speaker : April 2021
Registration deadline : 22.03.2021
Submission deadline : 12.07.2021
Semi-finalists announced : Beginning of August 2021
Jury Evaluation meeting : Mid-August 2021
Finalists announced : September 2021
Oral Presentations of the Finalists and Award Ceremony : October 2021
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
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.
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.
HOW TO APPLY TO THE GENEVA CHALLENGE
Register now, submit later!
22 MARCH 2021
12 JULY 2021
What is the difference between the two deadlines?
The registration deadline is simply the date by which we need you to fill in the application form and send us 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) before the deadline of 22 March 2021.
Following the registration, you have four months to prepare you proposal, which is due by the submission deadline. Your project must be sent by email to: email@example.com before midnight 12 am (Central Europe Time), on 12 July 2021.
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