The World Bank is calling for applications for the #Blog4Dev 2021 contest for Young Africans. This is an opportunity to find a common solution to a common challenge. So, if you have practical solutions on how young people can work with the government for more development in the post-pandemic, this is for you.
About the Blog4Dev 2021 Contest
The Blog4Dev contest was launched in 2014 by the World Bank Kenya office. It 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 view 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.
Basically, Blog4Dev winners contribute to the blogging community through original content posted on the Youth Transforming Africa blog platform.
Youth Transforming Africa (YTA) is a World Bank-supported youth engagement initiative that aims to engage more African youth in the thinking and discussions on development in Africa.
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To be eligible for the #Blog4Dev contest, you must;
- Be a citizen of any of the 48 countries in Sub-Sahara Africa
- You must be between the ages of 18 and 28 years of age on November 30, 2020
- Currently reside in Sub-Saharan Africa;
- Not have been a winner of previous editions.
#Blog4Dev 2021 Contest Prizes
All winning authors are eligible for several prizes. This includes an invitation to attend a dedicated program during the World Bank-IMF Spring Meetings 2021 (if the health situation improves). Also, it includes 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 your blog published on the World Bank blog Youth Transforming Africa.
All winning submissions will be selected based on the following criteria;
- Clarity in writing and presentation
- Practicality and relevance
- Potential impact on development
How To Enter #Blog4Dev 2021 Contest
To enter the World Bank #Blog4Dev 2021 competition, you should submit your original blog entry in English, French, or Portuguese. The blog post length should not exceed the following limits: 500 words in English, 650 words in French and Portuguese. Longer entries will be disqualified.
The topic for the contest is; 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?
The deadline for submission for the World Bank #Blog4Dev 2021 contest is November 30, 2020. Are you interested in this opportunity? Use this link to read more and apply; https://fr.surveymonkey.com/r/BLOG4DEV2021-ENG
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