The 2014 Geneva International Contest for Graduate Students

The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, have recently launched an international competition for graduate students entitled “Advancing Development Goals” whose objective is to stimulate the debate about the future of the global development agenda.

The contest calls upon teams of 3 to 5 Master students from all over the world, involving at least two different disciplinary backgrounds or perspectives, to submit a proposal that creatively addresses a key challenge in international development.

The Topic:

The topic selected for the 2014 challenge is “Empowering Women for Development,” with a focus on political, social and economic inclusion. According to the 2013 MDG Report, women access to education, healthcare financial security and decision-making power in the public and private spheres remains precarious, falling below target. Women empowerment thus constitutes an essential dimension of any post-2015 agenda.

The Prize:

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


Proposals must be written in English and must not exceed 8’000 words (all included).

Students who are interested must send their entry via email by the deadline of 30 April 2014.

A jury chaired by Ambassador Jenö Staehelin and composed of high level persons will select three papers and invite the student teams to Geneva for a one-day defence of their proposal.

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