The World Bank Group has announced a call for applications for the Blog4Dev 2021 Competition: Put Your Blogging Skills to Test! In an effort to find a common solution to a common challenge, they would also like to hear the views of African youth on the COVID-19 response. Based on the situation in your country, answer the following question:
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.
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.
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.
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.
- clarity in writing and presentation;
- practicality and relevance;
- potential impact on development.
- Submissions must be original. The World Bank Group reserves the right to test every entry with anti-plagiarism software.
- The submission deadline is November 30, 2020. Late submissions will be disqualified automatically.
- The blog post length should not exceed the following limits: 500 words in English and 650 words in French and Portuguese. Longer entries will be disqualified.
- Only one submission per entrant is allowed.
- By entering the contest, participants agree to release the World Bank Group from any claims based on the contest, and grant the World Bank Group all rights to their entry, including consent to publish their entered blog post on the World Bank Group’s website and social media channels.
- Failure to comply with these rules may result in disqualification from the contest. Bloggers agree to comply with, and be bound by, the decisions of the World Bank Group, which are final and binding on all matters pertaining to this competition. Failure to comply with these rules may result in disqualification from the contest.
For more information, visit https://www.worldbank.org/en/events/2020/10/16/blog4dev-2021?cid=afr_tt_wbafrica_en_ext#5