Geneva Challenge 2019: Challenges of Global Health

Mohammed Alnaqeeb

The 2019 Advancing Development Goals International Students Contest invites teams of Master students from all academic programmes to devise innovative and pragmatic solutions to the Challenges of Global Health.

The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies is pleased to announce the 2019 edition of the Geneva Challenge – Advancing Development Goals International Contest for graduate students. This year, master students are invited to develop analysis-based proposals on “The Challenges of Global Health”.

The 2019 edition of the Geneva Challenge is a project funded by Swiss Ambassador Jenö Staehelin and was supported by the late Kofi Annan as the high-patron of the contest. The Geneva Challenge aims to encourage interdisciplinary problem-solving analysis among master students on advancing human development within the scope of a relevant topic.

Global Health is a defining challenge of tomorrow’s world and is a critical concern for both developing and developed countries. As the key to this issue is an interdisciplinary solution, crossing traditional boundaries between academic disciplines, we are inviting master students from all academic programmes to provide helpful strategic recommendations.

Teams of 3-5 master students must submit an 8,000-word proposal which:

  • identify a challenge stemming from global health;
  • construct an interdisciplinary analysis of how it affects different aspects of development in a specific (but transposable) context;
  • propose innovation at the policy, practice, process or technology levels turning the challenge into development opportunity.




  • The Geneva Challenge 2019 will distribute 25’000 CHF in monetary prizes
  • The five finalist teams, one team per continent, will be invited to publicly present their work in Geneva before a panel of high-level experts.
  • Networking opportunities are also envisioned as part of the prize package.


  • Participants must be enrolled as master students at the time of their registration for the contest. They consider “graduate students” to be anyone enrolled in a post-bachelor level university programme with a maximum duration of 2 (two) years, or anyone who can prove to be studying towards acquiring a masters level degree.
  • 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.

Eligible Regions: Open for All


  • Registration deadline: 24 March 2019
  • Submission deadline: 15 July 2019
  • The registration deadline is simply the date by which they need you to fill in the application form from the Apply Now link and send them your proof of enrollment that confirms your status as master students.
  • Following which you have an entire 4 months to prepare your proposals, which are due by the submission deadline.

Application Deadline: March 24, 2019 (64 Days Remaining)


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