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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.

Since its inception in 2000, GDN has awarded roughly US$ 4 million in research and project grants to finalists and winners. Nearly 8,800 researchers and development practitioners from developing countries and transition countries have participated in the competition and more than 200 awards have been conferred till date.

The awards recognize 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. Additionally, throughout the implementation of their projects, the research teams are supported by a Scientific and Technical Advisor, who is selected based on the theme of their research.

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 developing and transition 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 developing countries. Learn more.

Watch the short film below, 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

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

Queries may be sent to awards@gdn.int.



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