Geneva Challenge 2016

Submission: July 31, 2016
Registration: May 25, 2016
Language: English
Location: Concept
Prizes: 1st Prize: 10,000 CHF, 2nd Prize: 5,000 CHF, 3rd Prize: 2,500 CHF
Type: Architecture Students 


The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies is proud to announce the 2016 edition of The Geneva Challenge – Advancing Development Goals international Contest for graduate students. This is a project funded by Swiss Ambassador Jenö Staehelin and is supported by Kofi Annan, the high-patron of the contest.


This year, Master students are invited to develop analysis-based proposals on “The Challenges of Urbanisation”. 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 3 to 5 enrolled master students from anywhere in the world.

The competition invites teams of 3-5 master students to:

1. identify a challenge stemming from urbanization;

2. construct an interdisciplinary analysis on how it affects different aspects of development in a specific (but transposable) context;

3. propose innovation at the policy, practice, process or technology levels turning the challenge into development opportunity.


The ADG contest 2016 will distribute 17,500 CHF in monetary prizes. The winning project will be awarded 10,000 CHF, the second prize will receive 5,000 CHF and the third, 2,500 CHF. The finalists will be invited to publically 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.


Submissions must be sent by email to: geneva.challenge@graduateinstitute.ch before midnight 12 am, on 31st July 2016 Central Europe Time (CET). Entries will have a maximum length of 8000 (eight thousand) words including all notes and references and must be written in English or French.

The submissions will combine theoretical analyses, creativity, critical thinking on technical assistance, capacity building and on the agency of development. Entries must be original. All long listed works will go through a background check before being forwarded to the Jury members as semi finalists of the ADG contest 2016.

Go to the competition’s website

Date: March 30, 2016