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Global Development Awards Competition

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The Global Development Awards Competition is an innovative award scheme launched by GDN with the generous support from the Ministry of Finance, Government of Japan. It recognizes excellence in policy-oriented research, supports research capacity development of researchers in developing countries and funds innovative social development projects benefiting marginalized groups in the developing world. The  annual competition has a new, relevant theme every year. GDN provides grants through its awards competition under two main categories: 

The Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development 

The Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development (ORD) is a competitive research grant program that identifies and funds outstanding research proposals that have a high potential for excellence in research and clear policy implications for addressing development issues in any of the three research sub-themes.

The Japanese Award for Most Innovative Development Project 

The Japanese Award for Most Innovative Development Project (MIDP) is a competitive grant program that supports Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in developing countries to recognize the innovative approach of their projects. The first prize winner is also eligible to compete under the Japan Social Development Fund for an additional grant of up to US$ 200,000 to  pilot their innovative work at a larger scale.  

Finalists in both categories receive training in communicating research and development, prior to their presentations at the conference. They will also receive expert feedback from academics, policymakers, development practitioners and young researchers.

Global Development Awards Competition 2018 

This award has not yet opened yet. Queries  may be sent to awards@gdn.int

Global Development Awards Competition 2017

Entries for this year's Global Development Awards Competition have been assessed, and winners have been announced. Proposals under both awards categories were accepted until 16 July, 2017, addressing the theme, ‘Skill Development and Employment Generation’, in the areas of agriculture, manufacturing and digital technology. Winners of the current round were chosen by an eminent jury at GDN’s conference, held in New Delhi, India, in March 2018; an event attended by international development practitioners where finalists presented their proposals. Finalists from both award categories were invited to present their proposals at the conference. Learn more.

Global Development Awards Competition 2016

Read this article about the winners from the Global Development Awards Competition 2016 and their work.  

Watch this short film featuring the finalists from the Global Development Awards Competition at the 17th GDN Annual Global Development Conference in Lima, Peru in March, 2016.

Global Development Awards Competition 2015

Watch what the winners of the awards in 2015 had to say MIDP 2015 Winner | ORD 2015 Winner

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