Call for Essays for GDN Next Horizons Essay Contest 2014

4 Jul 2014 - 10:45
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The GDN Next Horizons Essay Contest 2014, in partnership with the, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, on The Future of Development Assistance, invites fresh thinking related to the future of aid that can inform the ongoing discourse on development assistance and to make this thinking available to policymakers and key stakeholders.


The world has changed radically since the emergence of official development assistance. How should aid change? We want to hear your views: Which financial instruments should be used to provide aid? How should the donor “aid system” be organized? Should aid be given only to the poorest countries? How could aid improve governance? How should recipient countries allocate aid in the context of other sources of financing?  What does a data and technology driven transformation in the development project “marketplace” look like?

Essays of up to 5000 words are being invited in English, French and Spanish, which explore innovative ways of making aid more effective and to shape the development assistance system of the future. Up to 20 winning entries will receive up to USD 20,000 each and some of the winning essays will be promoted by GDN and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Submissions are being accepted in three languages, English, French or Spanish.

The closing date is 15 September, 2014. Detailed information on the contest, the theme and on how to apply is available here and at: