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April 27, 2015

Global Futures Contest: The End of World Poverty

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Global Futures essay and multimedia contest. We received entries from six continents addressing the question:

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?


  • First Place: "Empowering the Poor to Eliminate Poverty," Jordan Greene
  • Second Place: "Closing the Digital Divide," Haley Lepp
  • Third Place: "The Journey Toward Zero Extreme Poverty," Chapa Perera
  • Honorable Mention: "Agriculture: A Path to Extreme Poverty Reduction," Ademola Adekunbi

Contest Guidelines

Guidelines: Provide a response to the above questions in the form of a 750 to 1,000 word essay, two to three minute video, or piece of artwork and accompanying commentary. Submit your response, a short biography, and contact information to by 11:59 p.m. EDT on April 14, 2015.

Eligibility: The contest is open to enrolled students at higher education institutions worldwide.

Awards: 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.

Evaluation: 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