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Global Development Network (GDN) International Youth Competition 2019 (Win €1000 and a trip to Bonn, Germany)

Global Development Network (GDN) International Youth Competition 2019 (Win €1000 and a trip to Bonn, Germany)

Country: Germany
City: Bonn
Oct 23 - Oct 25, 2019
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The Global Development Network (GDN) is hosting its 19th global development conference on the 23-25 October 2019, to facilitate the research-policy interface in pursuit of the SDGs. The conference will also mark GDN’s 20th anniversary since its launch at the Global Development Conference in 1999. Further, Global Development Network (GDN)has kept pace with changes in the development research landscape through its activities, and its conferences in Bonn, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro, New Delhi, Dakar, St Petersburg, Beijing, Brisbane, Kuwait, Prague, Bogota, Budapest, Manila, Accra, Casablanca, and Lima.

In Bonn, four interrelated conference themes will be

  • From research to sustainable development action: interdisciplinary research, knowledge sharing, evidence brokering
  • The global and shared challenges of sustainable development: migration, climate change, health, etc.
  • Next frontier challenges: Big Data, AI, digital transformation
  • Greater local ownership and sustainability: implications for research policies and funding

The program will last two-and-a-half days, during which each of the themes will be addressed in 90-minute plenaries. Further,  followed by a more in-depth discussion of the various subthemes in parallel sessions, with panelists and papers selected through competitive calls. Other features will include special keynotes, awards, posters, and side events.


Till 15 August 2019, up to 30 contributions will be selected on a rolling basis.

  • The winner of the competition will receive a cash prize of €1000
  • The winner will be invited to attend GDN’s 2019 Global Development Network Conference (Bonn, October 23-25) along with other selected contributions. Travel, hotel, and visa expenses will be fully covered by GDN. However, they will have to apply for and secure their visas.
  • In addition, their contributions will be considered for publication on the blog, GlobalDev, subject to a successful editorial collaboration, in English, between them and the Blog editorial team. The Competition

Calling Young researchers and practitioners in development: Tell them why sustainable development research matters.


Writers must

  • Be under the age of 30, on 1 August 2019
  • Have at least completed a Master’s degree, and have a strong interest in research
  • Be a developing or transition country national, living in their country of origin or abroad

Selection Criteria

After determining that the submission is admissible. Also,  running anti-plagiarism checks, the selection committee will focus its review on the following criteria:

  • The academic quality of references: the discussion is to be on a piece of high-quality research authors has come across during their research and study.
  • Originality: submissions are to provide insights into the broader significance of research work for sustainable development efforts. These might include the definition, questioning, operationalization or evaluation of sustainable development efforts, at all levels.
  • Similarly, Relevance to sustainable development: submissions are expected to make direct references to specific sustainable development challenges (including specific SDGs or sets of SDGs).
  • Content: submissions should be specific and use examples
  • Style and clarity of exposition: blog posts that meet the above criteria, but lack clarity and professional syntax/word choices/tone, will not be considered.


Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Event Date23 October,2019 to 25 October,2019
Deadline15 August,2019
Open toAll Nationalities
OrganizerGlobal Development Network (GDN)
Contact the organizer [email protected]



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