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The Geneva Challenge
September 30, 2020

The 2020 Advancing Development Goals International Contest for Graduate Students aims to present innovative and pragmatic solutions to address the challenges of social inclusion.

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**UPDATE**
We are pleased to inform you that despite the coronavirus epidemic, the Geneva Challenge 2020 will still take place. The registration deadline was extended to 6 April 2020. Teams will then have until 13 July to submit their projects.

The Contest
Leave no one behind is the central and transformative promise of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, and the foundation for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Including this principle ensures that the 2030 SDGs will be universally achievable, reaching those furthest behind first.

As noted by the World Bank, “social inclusion aims to empower poor and marginalised people to take advantage of burgeoning global opportunities. It ensures that people have a voice in decisions, which affect their lives, and that they enjoy equal access to markets, services and political, social and physical spaces”.

Beyond rigorous analysis of a relevant problem area, submissions should bring forward
innovative proposals to affect change. We welcome contributions by groups of 3 to 5 master
students involving at least two different disciplinary backgrounds or an interdisciplinary
perspective. Contributions must be both theoretically grounded and offer pragmatic solutions to
an important relevant social political or economic problem stemming from The Challenges of
Social Inclusion. Innovation can relate to practices, process or technology.
This year, we will distribute five prizes, one per continent. The five finalist teams will be invited
to come to Geneva for their project showcases and the award ceremony end of September
2020