How 20 years of GDAC has built local capacity in the global south

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João Costa






The Global Development Awards Competition (GDAC) is administered by the Global Development Network (GDN,, funded under the Policy and Human Resources Development Fund (PHRD) trust fund managed by the World Bank, and generously supported by the Ministry of Finance, Government of Japan.

Since its inception in 2000, GDN has awarded roughly US$ 4 million in research and project grants to finalists and winners. Nearly 8,800 researchers and development practitioners from low and middle-income countries and transition countries have participated in the competition and more than 200 awards have been conferred to date.

Researcher Profile

João Costa has been working for GDN for 4 years and managing the Competitions over 3 editions after working at the European Commission and been involved on youth and international mobility at the Erasmus Student Network. By training, he has a masters in Biomedical Engineering.

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