The 2017 edition of the Geneva Challenge is a project funded by Swiss Ambassador Jenö Staehelin and is supported by Kofi Annan, the high-patron of the contest. The Geneva Challenge aims to motivate master students to develop ideas on advancing human development within the scope of a relevant topic.
Access to employment is regarded as a tool to improve living standards and eradicate poverty and today the challenges have become a critical concern for both developing and developed countries. As the key to this challenge is an interdisciplinary solution, crossing traditional boundaries between academic disciplines, we are inviting graduate students from all academic programmes to provide helpful strategic recommendations.
Teams of 3-5 master students must submit an 8,000 word proposal which:
--identify a challenge stemming from employment;
--construct an interdisciplinary analysis on how it affects different aspects of development in a specific (but transposable) context;
--propose innovation at the policy, practice, process or technology levels turning the challenge into development opportunity.
The Geneva Challenge 2017 will distribute 17’500 CHF in monetary prizes and the finalists will be invited to publicly present their work in Geneva before a panel of high-level experts. Networking and publication opportunities are also envisioned as part of the prize package.
Registrations close on 25th May 2017.
Submission due by 31st July 2017.
More information is available on: www.thegenevachallenge.org
The Advancing Development Goals International Contest for Graduate Students
The Challenges of Employment
The ContestEager 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 graduate students.
The ChallengeThe 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 3 to 5 enrolled master students from anywhere in the world.
We invite teams of students to:
- identify a challenge stemming from employment;
- construct an interdisciplinary analysis on how it affects different aspects of development in a specific (but transposable) context;
- propose innovation at the policy, practice, process or technology levels turning the challenge into development opportunity.
Selection ProcessYour submissions will be evaluated by an interdisciplinary academic steering committee who will select semi-finalists to be published on the competitions website and then reviewed by an independent jury of experts with academic, governmental and private sector backgrounds.
Three finalist teams will be invited (traveling and accommodation expenses covered) to an oral presentation in Geneva, where they will defend their ideas and answer questions from the jury and from the public. The finalists will also be present at an awards ceremony where the results of the contest will be announced preceded by a high-level key-note speech on the challenges of employment.
PrizesThe ADG contest distributes 17,500 CHF in monetary prizes. The winning project is awarded 10,000 CHF, the second prize receives 5,000 CHF and the third, 2,500 CHF.