Advancing Development Goals international Contest for graduate students

The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies is proud to announce the 2016 edition of the Geneva Challenge - the Advancing Development Goals international Contest for graduate students. This year students are invited to develop analysis-based proposals on "The Challenges of Urbanization".

The competition invites teams of 3-5 master students to:

identify a challenge stemming from urbanization;
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 finalists will be invited to publically 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.

In 2015, the competition received more than 135 inspired submissions on Return Migration and Socio-Economic Development . The first prize of 10,000 Swiss Francs was awarded to a team of students from the University of the Philippines, Diliman for a creative proposal on assisting the reintegration of Philippine return migrants through mobile technology. The second prize of 5,000 Swiss Francs was awarded to a team from the London School of Economics and Political Science and the School of Architecture in the UK and the third prize of 2,500 Swiss Francs from Columbia University.The teams received their award from the hands of Mr Kofi Annan, High-Patron of the contest. 

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