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The conference will host the 17th edition of the Global Development Awards Competition, organized around the theme of "Skills Development and Employment Generation," generously supported by the Ministry of Finance, Government of Japan, through the World Bank.

Applications for the Global Development Awards Competition, focused on skill development and employment generation, have now closed. Fourty-four proposals from 19 countries were shortlisted out of 215 submissions. GDN is excited to receive these quality proposals from a diverse array of researchers and NGOs, from low or middle-income countries, working in the areas of agriculture, manufacturing or digital technology. Next, shortlisted applicants will compete for prizes of up to US $30,000 in each award category: 'Most Innovative Development Project' and 'Outstanding Research on Development'. Prizes will be awarded at GDN's 18th Global Development Conference in New Delhi on 22-23 March 2018.

The three finalists in each category are

Most Innovative Development Project (MIDP)

  • Dandora Dumpsite Rehabilitation Group (Kenya) for their project‘Addressing Food Insecurity Through Modern Farming Techniques’ [Sub-theme 1: Agriculture]
  • SERMA Africa Organization (South Sudan) for their project ‘Addressing Poverty through Agribusiness, Trading and Research (APATAR)’ [Sub-theme 1: Agriculture]
  • South Asian Forum for Environment (India) for their project ‘Hydroponic Aqua-Farming for Building Capacities towards Climate Resilient Agriculture in Indigenous Smallholders of Indian Eco-Region’ [Sub-theme 1: Agriculture]

Outstanding Research on Development (ORD)

  • Ms. Merve Sancak (Turkey), PhD Candidate in sociology at University of Cambridge, UK, for her research project on ‘Finding Skills in Transition Economies’ [Sub-theme 2: Manufacturing]
  • Mr. Rishikesan Parthiban (India), Doctoral Research Scholar at IIM Kolkata, India, for his research project on ‘A Virtual Time-Bank based Sharing Economy Model for Effective Engagement of Human Capital in Rural India’ [Sub-theme 3: Digital Technology]
  • Mr. Yadeta Bekele (Ethiopia), Lecturer and Researcher at Jimma University, Ethiopia, for his research project on ‘Promotion of Coffee certification and contract farming participation: The case of smallholder coffee producers in Jimma Zone, southwest Ethiopia’ [Sub-theme 1: Agriculture]

Read more about the history of GDN awards and competitions.

Follow the awards online with #GDNawards.

For questions, write to awards@gdn.int.

Watch a short film below featuring last year's finalists.


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