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.