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Geneva Challenge 2024: Empowering Youth for Global Development

Geneva Challenge 2024: Empowering Youth for Global Development; The Graduate Institute in Geneva is excited to announce the ninth edition of the Advancing Development Goals Contest, a prestigious international competition designed for graduate students worldwide.

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The contest underscores the institute’s commitment to fostering innovative and pragmatic solutions to global development challenges, with this year’s focus on “The Challenges of Youth Empowerment.”

Key Dates:

  • Registration Deadline: 22nd April 2024
  • Submission Deadline: 14th July 2024
  • Frequency: Annually


This global contest is open to graduate students from all over the world, encouraging entries that demonstrate theoretical grounding and practical solutions to international development issues, particularly those affecting social inclusion.

The Challenge:

Participants are invited to contribute their unique ideas focused on youth empowerment. The contest seeks interdisciplinary collaboration among three to five enrolled master’s students from across the globe, aiming to tackle relevant development problems with innovative approaches.


The competition will award five prizes across five geographical categories:

  • Universities located in Africa
  • Universities located in Asia
  • Universities located in Europe
  • Universities located in North America and Oceania
  • Universities located in South America

Selection Criteria:

Submissions will be evaluated by an interdisciplinary academic steering committee, which will shortlist semi-finalists. These entries will be showcased on the competition’s website and reviewed by an independent jury composed of experts from academic, governmental, and private sectors.

Five finalist teams, one from each continent, will be invited to Geneva (with covered travel and accommodation expenses) for an oral presentation to defend their proposals and respond to questions from the jury and the public.


The contest distributes a total of 20,500 CHF in monetary prizes:

  • The winning project receives CHF 10,000
  • The two second-place teams each receive CHF 5,000
  • The two third-place teams each receive CHF 2,500

How to Apply:

  • Interested candidates should read the Call for Contributions for a comprehensive understanding of this year’s topic.
  • Applications must be submitted through the provided application form on the program’s webpage.

Important Notes:

Applicants are encouraged to register early and can submit their proposals by the specified deadline. This contest offers a unique opportunity for graduate students to contribute to solving one of today’s pressing development issues, with the chance to present their ideas on an international stage in Geneva.

For more details and to apply, visit the Geneva Challenge Program Webpage. Visit Program Webpage for details

Don’t miss this chance to make an impact on global development and youth empowerment.

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