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World Bank Africa Region 2019 #Blog4Dev Essay Contest

About the Contest

Are you a young African between the ages of 18 and 28 and currently residing in Africa?  Here is another chance for you to have your say on building your nation and continent! As you know, Africa’s exponential youth growth comes with immense opportunities for you to inject fresh ideas, vibrancy and optimism into addressing many of Africa’s challenges.

The World Bank — and indeed the world — wants to hear from you. Tell us: what will it take to enhance the skills needed to prepare Africa’s youth for the digital economy and the future of work?  Be bold, be creative, be practical – chart an inclusive and impactful path to progress for your continent.

How to Enter

To enter the competition, submit your original blog entry of no more than 500 words here by November 30, 2018.

Questions?  Need further information? Contact us by email: Blog4Dev@worldbank.org


To be eligible for the #Blog4Dev and Essay contest, you must:

  • Be a citizen of any of the 48 countries south of the Sahara;
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 28;
  • Currently reside in Sub-Saharan Africa;
  • Send your 500-word original blog/essay written in English, French or Portuguese.
A panel of expert judges from inside and outside the World Bank Group will review all the entries, select the top five in each country, conduct interviews and thereafter select the overall top winner from each country.
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