Global leaders and development experts have been racking their brains for decades now on how to eradicate poverty. Now, thanks to the Global Futures contest – spearheaded by the Georgetown University Global Futures Initiative – students at higher education institutions worldwide have an opportunity to propose a solution to ending poverty by 2030. How? Simply respond to these questions:
Imagine it is the year 2030 and we have successfully achieved the World Bank’s goal of eradicating extreme poverty. How did we manage to achieve this? What was a key obstacle we overcame along the way?
How it works
You’ve probably come across numerous essay contests; this one is a bit different. Not only can you submit your responses in the form of a 750-1,000 word essay, you may opt for a 2-3minute video or piece of artwork and accompanying commentary instead. How’s that for inspiring creativity!
Enrolled at a higher education institution somewhere in the world? Submit your responses (essay/video/artwork & commentary) with a short biography and your contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 14, 2015 at 11:59pm EDT (GMT-wise, that’s 3:59am on April 15).
What’s the incentive?
Three top awards of $1,000, $750, and $500 will be announced on Earth Day, April 22, 2015. Winning entries and honorable mentions will be published on the Georgetown Global Futures website. And who knows? Your proposed solution might just be implemented some day!
How are winners selected?
A panel of Georgetown faculty and students will select the winning entries based on:
- The creativity and originality of the ideas presented
- The clarity and organization of the message
- The author’s demonstrated grasp of challenges and potential solutions around poverty reduction
Jemila Abdulai is the creative director, editor and founder of the award-winning website Circumspecte.com. A media and international development professional and economist by training, she combines her business, communications and project management expertise with her strong passion for Africa. Besides writing and reading, she enjoys travel, global cuisine, movies, and good design.