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Global Development Awards Competition

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. The Awards Competition recognizes 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. Since its inception in 2000, GDN has provided US$ 3.8 million in awards and travel grants to finalists and winners. GDN provides grants through its awards competition under two main categories:  

The Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development (ORD)

The Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development (ORD) is a competitive research grant program that identifies and funds outstanding research proposals submitted by researchers from developing countries and transition economies 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 (MIDP)

The Japanese Award for Most Innovative Development Project (MIDP) is a competitive grant program that provides grants worth up to US$ 45,000 to Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) located in developing countries to recognize the innovative approach of their grassroots projects*. The Award targets projects currently at the stage of implementation, and which have a high potential for impact targeting exceptionally marginalized and disadvantaged groups located in developing and transition countries.

*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 scale up their innovative work.

Global Development Awards Competition 2017

Entries for this year's Global Development Awards Competition have now closed. Proposals under both awards categories were accepted until 16 July, 2017, addressing the theme, ‘Skill Development and Employment Generation’, in the areas of agriculture, manufacturing and digital technology. 

Winners of the current round will be chosen by an eminent jury at GDN’s next conference, to be held in New Delhi, India, in December 2017; an event attended by international development practitioners where finalists will present their proposals. Finalists from both award categories will be invited to present their proposals at the conference.

Watch this short film featuring the finalists from the Global Development Awards Competition at the 17th GDN Annual Global Development Conference in Lima, Peru in March, 2016.

Download the fact sheet on the competition here.

See what previous Award winners have to say:

MIDP 2015 Winner

ORD 2015 Winner