The 2021 edition of The Geneva Challenge - Advancing Development Goals International Contest for graduate students

The Geneva Challenge is a project funded by Swiss Ambassador Jenö Staehelin and aims to encourage interdisciplinary
problem-solving analysis among master students on advancing human development
within the scope of a relevant topic. This year, students are invited to
develop analysis-based proposals on "The
Challenges of Crisis Management

As the key to this issue is an
interdisciplinary solution, crossing traditional boundaries between academic
disciplines, we are inviting Master students from all academic programmes
and from anywhere in the world
 to provide helpful strategic
recommendations. Five prizes, one per continent, will be distributed.

Teams of 3-5
master students must submit an 8,000 words proposal which:  

  • identify a challenge stemming from crisis management;
  • 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 2021 will distribute 25’000
CHF in monetary prizes and the five finalist teams will be invited (travel and
accommodation expenses covered) to publicly present their work in Geneva before
a panel of high-level experts. Networking opportunities are also envisioned as
part of the prize package.


Registrations close on 22
March 2021

Submission due by 12 July 2021


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