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THE GENEVA CHALLENGE 2021: The 2021 Advancing Development Goals International Contest for Graduate Students

THE GENEVA CHALLENGE 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.

Deadline: March 22, 2021

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):

  • Universities located in Africa
  • Universities located in Asia
  • Universities located in Europe
  • Universities located in North America and Oceania
  • Universities located in South America

SELECTION PROCESS

 

Submissions are evaluated by an interdisciplinary academic steering committee that will select three submissions per category to be published on the competition’s website and then reviewed by an independent jury of experts with academic, governmental, and private sector backgrounds.

Five finalist teams, one team per continent, will be invited (complying with COVID-19 restrictions; travel and accommodation expenses covered) to an oral presentation in Geneva, where they will defend their ideas and answer questions from the jury and the public. The finalists will also be invited to an awards ceremony where the contest results will be announced, preceded by a high-level keynote speech.

TIMELINE

 

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

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Olowu Idowu Henry

Olowu Idowu Henry is a Young businessman, aims to build a purposeful team to solve the problem of unemployment in Africa. He Won the Presidential award on the business plan competition Youth Empowerment with innovation ( YouWin ) in Nigeria in 2012 at the Presidential Banquet hall, By then Former President of Nigeria, His Excellency, President Goodluck Jonathan. Henry is also the founder and President, Apex land Global Consult, Founder/National President, Liberty Youth Council of Nigeria ( www.lycn.org.ng) Henry is a Blogger, an Innovator, Humanitarian, Politician, and Freedom Fighter. He was the former House of Assembly contestant in Nigeria, Currently, He is the Media Assistance to The Vice Chairman, senate committee on land transport at the Nigeria National Assembly Senator Nicholas Tofowomo. Meet Henry on : Facebook: Olowu Idowu Henry (https://web.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100012321033404) WhatsApp +2347064984472

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