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Recent Editions of the Global Development Awards Competition

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  • Global Development Awards Competition 2021 The 2021 edition of the Global Development Awards Competition featured two categories: The Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development (ORD)which invited researchers from low-income or middle-income countries to submit research proposals within the theme, 'International trade and the promotion of biodiversity.' Learn more. The Japanese Award for Most Innovative Development Project (MIDP) invited non-profit NGOs and CSOs from low and lower-middle-income countries to submit project applications within the following three themes: 'Universal health coverage and COVID,' 'Community-driven Climate-related Disaster Risk Reduction in Rural Areas' and 'Quality urban infrastructure and community driven governance.' (Learn more.) Applications for these competitions are now closed. Winners were declared in October 2021 (See also finalists).     
  • Global Development Awards Competition 2020 The Global Development Network (GDN) invited researchers from low and middle-income countries to submit research proposals within the theme, "Unpacking the health-environment-economic wellbeing nexus,' for the Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development (ORD). Proposals under this theme looked critically at policy successes and failures to look at the complex intersection of health, environment and economic wellbeing. Research projects were encouraged to focus on local, national, regional or continental policy initiatives, and come from any discipline within the social sciences. Proposals can focus on ongoing policy initiatives, past ones, or initiatives currently being set up. A direct link to the COVID-19 crisis was welcome, but not required. In light of the quickly changing scenario, proposals that integrate a focus on COVID-19 and related policy responses explained how the quickly changing policy landscape is likely to impact the focus of the research. In light of the current limitations to travel in place across the planet, the selection was conducted online. For more information please visit this page.  
  • Global Development Awards Competition 2019  The 2019 edition of the Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development (ORD) categiory was concluded at the GDN conference in Bonn, Germany in October 2019. We invited researchers from low and middle income countries to submit research proposals on the theme, 'Doing research in developing countries: the role of non-academic actors, new communication platforms and leadership in social sciences'. Learn more
  • Note: There was no Global Development Awards Competition in 2018.
  • Global Development Awards Competition 2017 Proposals under both awards categories addressed the theme, ‘Skill Development and Employment Generation’, in the areas of agriculture, manufacturing and digital technology. Winners were chosen by an eminent jury at GDN’s conference, held in New Delhi, India, in March 2018. Finalists from both award categories were invited to present their proposals at the conference. Learn more.
  • Global Development Awards Competition 2016 This edition was concluded in Lima, Peru on the 17-18 March, 2016, on the theme of 'Education for Development: Quality & Inclusion for Changing Global Human Capital Needs.' The competition received over 337 expressions of interest from 59 low and middle income countries. Learn more
  • Global Development Awards Competition 2015 The MIDP collected proposals from all development projects being implemented in low-income countries and lower-middle-income countries. The ORD had four subthemes 1) Food security and nutrition 2) Environmental challenges and natural resources management; 3) Economic, social and political transformations: effect and impact of agricultural development process; 4) Financial and technological innovation: which new tools for the next ‘Green Revolution'. Winners were selected at the 16th Annual Global Development Conference which took place in Morocco from 11-13 June 2015. Watch what the winners of the awards in 2015 had to say MIDP 2015 Winner | ORD 2015 Winner

About the Competition | Our Approach | Recent Editions of the Competition | 20 years of the Global Development Awards | Global Development Awards platform | Impact of the Competition

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