Essay Competition: Rural Development Strategies in the MENA Region

If you are currently a student enrolled in a university from a MENA country and are between 21 and 29 years old, speak out on the strategies for a better rural Development in the MENA region: What does the future hold for the rural areas in the MENA region? How can they face climate change? Which role can youth have?

Write a paper of 2000-2500 words. Submissions will be judged for both their analytical rigor and their quality of exposition and written expression. Your paper must be innovative and able to put forward positive proposals for one of the following themes:

  • Rural development and food security: What kind of agricultural model to ensure food security? Which role for innovation and biotechnologies? What about small farmers? How to raise productivity? 
  • Natural resource management: water (irrigation, pricing, scarcity,...), degradation of soil, biodiversity, impact of climate change on the yields and the cultures;
  • Demographic pressure: job policies and employment perspectives in rural areas, migrations, rural and urban divide;
  • Institutions and government policies: which role for local authorities, for farmers’ cooperatives, water users associations, for local credit institutions? What about the social and cultural capital in rural areas? What kind of market intervention and trade policies?

Whatever your degree or your specialization, take this opportunity to make your voice heard and take part in the discussions on the future scenarios for a better rural development in Middle East and North Africa !

Twenty selected students will receive an invitation to join the GDN 16th Annual Global Development Conference on June 11-13, 2015, Casablanca, Morocco (travel and accommodation paid by the organizers of the Conference) and exchange your views with experts, researchers, policy-makers and economists from around the world. Students will participate in a dedicated session the day before the Conference on June 10, 2015.

Deadline to apply:  April 10th

Eligibility criteria

  • Age: students who are between 21 and 29 years old (on 10 June 2015) are eligible to apply.
  • Countries: participants must be registered in a university from one of the countries mentioned in the following list: Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.
  • Past grantees and individuals that have been awarded a prize by GDN (including the finalists of the 2014 essay competition invited in Accra) are not eligible to apply.
  • Only individual submissions will be considered.

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