The Geneva Challenge 2016


The 2016 edition of The Geneva Challenge – Advancing Development Goals International Contest for graduate students.

This year students are invited to develop analysis-based proposals on “The Challenges of Urbanisation”.

The 2016 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.

Managing urban growth has become one of the most important challenges of the 21st century. In the world today, what kind of urbanisation will nurture sustainable growth and development? 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 urbanisation;
• 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 2016 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 2016.

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