Application Deadline: July 21st 2021
The 2021 Advancing Development Goals International Contest for Graduate Students aims to present innovative and pragmatic solutions to address the challenges of crisis management.
The Geneva Challenge is a project funded by Swiss Ambassador Jenö Staehelin and supported by the late Kofi Annan, who was the contest’s high-patron. This international competition for master students aims to stimulate interdisciplinary problem solving and analysis. Open to teams of three to five students from all academic programmes and from anywhere in the world, the theme for the 2021 contest is “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. Recovering from the pandemic and the myriad of interconnected crises should involve addressing them in ways that call for a transformative change, reduce risks from future crises, attempt to close the inequalities gap and reinvigorate the implementation efforts to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals. Overall, crisis management concerns a multitude of groups and has a strategic impact on human development, productivity, economic growth and long-run development of countries and regions around the world. Therefore, a call for innovative and crosscutting proposals accounting for the context and the multitude of potential actors involved is critical.
For the Geneva Challenge 2020, 366 teams composed of 1,368 graduate students from 102 different countries registered to take part. Building on this success, we invite students and their teams from around the world.
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):
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
How to Apply
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.
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 protected] before midnight 12 am (Central Europe Time), on 12 July 2021.
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