The Geneva Challenge in Advancing Development Goals 564 views

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The Graduate Institute Geneva is inviting graduate students from all over the world to form inter-disciplinary teams comprising 3 to 5 members to take part in The Geneva Challenge 2018, which is an international competition also known as the Advancing Development Goals Contest. Students are to identify a challenge centred around the 2018 theme of “The Challenges of Climate Change”.

Participating teams have 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; and propose innovation at the policy, practice, process or technology levels turning the challenge into development opportunity.

The issues and challenges highlighted under ‘Climate Change’ are:

  • Effects of Climate Change on Food Security, Agriculture and Biodiversity
  • Effects of Climate Change on Water Management
  • Effects of Climate Change on Health
  • Climate-Induced Migration, Displacement and Environmental Refugees
  • Climate Change, Urban Planning and Green Infrastructure
  • Energy Security and Balancing the Energy Trilemma
  • Climate Justice
  • Adaptation and Mitigation to Climate Change


The winning project will receive a cash prize of CHF 10,000, the second place will receive CHF 5,000 and the third, CHF 2,500.

All members of the 3 finalist teams will be invited to Geneva for an oral presentation where they will defend their proposals and answer questions from the jury and from the public. Travel expenses such as flights, visa requests and accommodation are covered.


Participants of the ADG contest 2018 must be enrolled graduate students in a post-bachelor level university program with a maximum duration of 2 years, or anyone who can prove to be studying towards acquiring a Masters degree. They have to form teams of 3 to 5 members, who are able to contribute from at least 2 different disciplinary perspectives to the submitted analysis. The participants can be enrolled in a same graduate program, collaborate with students from other programs from the university they are enrolled in or coordinate with students from different universities and institutions worldwide. Entries must adhere to a maximum length of 8,000 words, written in either English or French.


Registrations are to be done online by 16 April 2018 and submissions sent by 20 August 2018.

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