The 2017 Geneva Challenge International Contest for Graduate Students - call for contributions

Advancing Develpment Goals

The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies is pleased to announce the 2017 edition of the Geneva Challenge - the Advancing Development Goals international Contest for graduate students under the patronage of Kofi Annan, whose objective is to stimulate interdisciplinary problem solving and analysis among master students around the world. This year students are invited to develop analysis-based proposals on "The Challenges of Employment".

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 2016, the competition received more than 114 inspired submissions on the Challenges of Urbanisation . The first prize of 10,000 Swiss Francs was awarded to a team of students from Universidad Nacional de Colombia and London School of Economics and Political Science. They proposed a solution for urban waste management, using Bogota as a case study.

I believe that this opportunity could be of interest to your students and that their participation would contribute to the quality of our pool of submissions. Thus, I would appreciate if you could promote the 2017 Geneva Challenge among your students.

Registrations close on 25 May 2017.

More information on

Yours Sincerely,

Philippe Burrin

PO BOX 136 - 1211 GENEVA 21 - SWITZERLAND - Tel. +41 22 908 57 00 -

© 2015 Regents of the University of Minnesota. All rights reserved. The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer. Privacy Statement