2018 Finalists Announced  
Global Development Awards

Historical Image: Winners of the 13th Annual Development Awards Competition

The 17th edition of the Global Development Awards Competition, is focused on 'Skills Development and Employment Generation.' It will be hosted at GDN's 18th Annual Global Development Conference in New Delhi on 22-23 March, 2018.

The Awards are generously supported by the Ministry of Finance, Government of Japan, through the World Bank. 

GDN received 215 applications, 37% from least developed countries. Six proposals have been shortlisted from developing countries around the world.

Award: Japanese Award for the 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]

Award: Japanese Award for 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]

Finalists will compete for first place on 'Outstanding Research on Development' and 'The Most Innovative Development Project.' The first prize winners of both categories will receive a grant of US$ 30,000, the second prize winners, US$ 10,000, and the third prize winners, US$ 5,000. The first prize winner of the Japanese Award for the Most Innovative Development Project willalso be eligible to the Japan Social Development Fund, for an additional grant of up to US$ 200,000 to pilot their innovative approaches at a larger scale. 

Find out more about the conference

Watch a short film about finalists from the previous edition of the Awards in Lima, Peru.

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