Team RUWAFIKI made up of 5 students namely Claydon Mumba, Oludare Durodola, Francess Awunor, Margaret Kironde and Victo Nabunya have emerged as the best African team at the just concluded 2019 Geneva Challenge competition. The Geneva challenge is an international competition for graduate students that stimulate reflection and innovation on development from diverse disciplinary and contextual perspectives. This competition was launched in 2014 by the Graduate Institute in Geneva. The Geneva Challenge was supported by the late Kofi Annan and is currently supported by Ambassador Jenö C.A. Staehelin.
The 2019 edition asked graduate students to address the complex issues arising from global health and how to tackle these challenges in order to foster social and economic development. 346 teams composed of 1,364 graduate students from 101 different nationalities registered to take part in the Geneva Challenge 2019. 100 project entries were submitted by 410 students from teams hailing from all over the world, with 16 semi-finalists teams. This year, Team RUWAFIKI was selected as the Best African team and was fully sponsored to defend their project in front of the Jury on Tuesday 1 October at a public event at the Graduate Institute Geneva, Switzerland.
The finalists were also invited to an awards ceremony where the contest results were announced, preceded by a high-level keynote speech on the challenges of Global Health. The RUWAFIKI Team aside winning the ultimate in Africa also emerged as the 3rd Prize winner of the entire challenge.
The way remains forward for the team in helping rural household’s access to clean water in Africa. https://graduateinstitute.ch/geneva-challenge/last-editions/geneva-challenge-2019