The 2021 Advancing Development Goals International Contest for Graduate Students aims to present innovative and pragmatic solutions to address the challenges of crisis management.

Currently, as the world faces unparalleled levels of challenges, there seems to be no end to the many crises that permeate borders, such as, world hunger, poverty, conflict, climate shocks, migration, unemployment and more recently the pandemic, we are currently facing.

While these crises may affect and slow down the progress on the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, they also provide new opportunities to make progress towards the Development Goals. Responding to these crises requires both a global response and sustainable efforts at the local and national levels to tailor strategies and response mechanisms that resolve current crises and avert future ones. With much uncertainty, spewed by crises around the world, the ‘Advancing Development Goals Contest’ calls upon graduate students from around the globe to embrace these crises as opportunities and devise innovative solutions to effectively manage them and advance the development goals.

Call for applications 2021

Rules and Regulations 2021

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Launch of the 2021 Geneva Challenge : 18.12.2020

Registration of teams opens : 18.12.2020

Announcement of the Jury Panel and the Keynote Speaker : April 2021

Extended registration deadline : 18.04.2021

Submission deadline : 12.07.2021

Semi-finalists announced : Beginning of August 2021

Jury Evaluation meeting : 31.08.2021

Finalists announced : September 2021

Oral Presentations of the Finalists and Award Ceremony : 16 November 2021