The Geneva Challenge 2022

Deadline: 20 April 2022
Open to: graduate students
Benefits: monetary prizes up to CHF 10,000


The 2022 Advancing Development Goals International Contest for Graduate Students aims to present innovative and pragmatic solutions to address the challenges of poverty reduction.

Eager to stimulate reflection and innovation on development from diverse disciplinary and contextual perspectives and with the generous support of Ambassador Jenö Staehelin, the Graduate Institute has launched in 2014 the Advancing Development Goals Contest, an international competition for Master students.

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 three to five enrolled master students from anywhere in the world.

Beyond rigorous analysis of a relevant problem area, submissions should bring forward innovative proposals to affect change. Contributions by groups of 3 to 5 master students involving at least two different disciplinary backgrounds or an interdisciplinary perspective are welcomed. Contributions must be both theoretically grounded and offer pragmatic solutions to an important relevant social, political or economic problem stemming from The Challenges of Poverty Reduction. Innovation can relate to practices, process or technology. This year, five prizes will be distributed, one per continent. The five finalist teams will be invited to come to Geneva (complying with COVID-19 restrictions) for their project showcases and the award ceremony in November 2022.
Five prizes will be distributed; one in each of the following categories (based on the UN Statistics list):
● Universities located in Africa
● Universities located in Asia
● Universities located in Europe
● Universities located in North America and Oceania
● Universities located in South America


1. Participants of the ADG contest 2022 must be enrolled as graduate students at the time of their registration for the contest.
2. Participants must gather in teams of 3 (three) to 5 (five) graduate students. In the submitted analysis, they should contribute with an interdisciplinary approach or from at least 2 (two) different disciplinary perspectives.
3. All team members must provide a scanned copy of a document that serves as proof of enrolment as a graduate student before the registration of the team can be confirmed and validated.
4. Exceptionally, the registration of students who are transitioning into graduate studies might be accepted, as long as they have already been accepted in a graduate student programme at the time of the registration.


The ADG contest distributes 25,000 CHF in monetary prizes. The winning project will be awarded CHF 10,000; the two teams in second place will receive CHF 5,000 each and the two teams in third place, CHF 2,500 each.


For more information, visit the official website.