Experts Panel

policy Case Competition

2021 IDs x DAI

Education and Development

Policy Case Competition 

For our 2021 Policy Case Competition, the UChicago International Development Society has partnered with DAI, an international development company working on the frontlines of development, in order to host an undergraduate policy case competition. The theme for this year is "Education and Workforce Development."

Our mission statement is as follows:

  1. Increase students’ understanding and familiarity with the field of international development.

  2. Spark more discussions on university campuses about eliminating poverty, discrimination and injustice.

  3. Promote social impact careers to intelligent, altruistic students who feel pressured to pursue more traditional career paths like finance/consulting.

  4. Provide a chance for students from different universities to interact with one another.

Competition Details 


The theme for the 2021 Policy Case Competition is "Education and Workforce Development."


We will be focusing on countries in East Africa. For a list of East African countries, please click here.


Competitors must currently be enrolled in undergraduate education.

This is an international competition - all undergraduate students, regardless of country of study, are encouraged to apply.


Team Size

Competitors will compete in a team of 1-3. Competitors can register as a team or register individually.


Competitors will submit a research paper. It will be a maximum of 4 pages with single spacing, with the option to include an additional appendix that will not be assessed.

The research paper will be judged according to the following criteria:

  • Identification of issue

  • Structure and writing

  • Data, evidence and use of frameworks

  • Solution and feasibility


By late March, we will release a competitor's pack with a detailed evaluation rubric and the rough structure of an exemplar research paper. We hope the pack will help competitors understand the criteria they will be evaluated against, and how to approach the competition's theme.


The competition involves two rounds of screening.

Round 1 - Qualifiers:

The UChicago International Development Society team will select the top 5 research papers.

Round 2 - Finals:

The top 5 finalist teams will present to a live panel of judges. Each presentation will be 10-15 minutes long, with an additional 5-10 minute Q&A. 


The top 3 finalist teams will receive networking sessions with Sakil Malik, DAI’s Senior Global Practice Leader for Education.

The top 10 finalist teams will receive individualized certificates. 

Details regarding other potential prizes, such as the chance to have research published, are to come.

Timeline and Submission

The deadline to submit the research paper is May 15th. 

You must submit your paper through email to



Please click the following button to access the registration page:

Information Session

We will be hosting a Zoom information session on Wednesday 21st of April at 6pm CT. Please check back soon for the Facebook event page.


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