2020 World Bank Blog4Dev Essay Contest For Young Africans

2020 World Bank Blog4Dev Essay Contest For Young Africans

Launched in 2014 by the World Bank Kenya office, the #Blog4Dev competition is an annual writing contest, inviting young people to weigh in on a topic critical to their country’s economic development.

The competition is a way to engage Africa’s youth and provide a platform for them to share their views—and solutions—about development topics that are important to them. In 2018, it became a regional competition, open to young citizens from all 48 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Application Deadline: 30th November 2020

  • TOPIC:  How can young people work with their governments and civil society organizations to respond to the impact of COVID-19 and build a stronger post-pandemic economic and social system?
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Eligible Countries: Sub-Saharan African Countries

Type: Contest

Number of Awards: Not specified

Value of Award: Winning authors are eligible for several prizes, including an invitation to attend a dedicated program during the World Bank-IMF Spring Meetings 2021 (if the health situation improves), opportunities to represent Africa’s youth at high-level events, a chance to intern at a World Bank country office, or an opportunity to have their blog published on the World Bank blog Youth Transforming Africa.

Eligibility: To be eligible for the #Blog4Dev competition, you must:

  • Be a citizen of one of the 48 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa;
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 28 on November 30, 2020;
  • Not have been a winner of previous editions.
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How To Apply: Submit your original blog entry, written in English, French, or Portuguese, detailing your ideas about addressing the impact of COVID-19 and building a stronger post-pandemic economic and social system by November 30, 2020.

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