World Bank Group: 2018 – 2019 Competition Advocacy Contest

Deadline: 18 January 2019

The International Competition Network (ICN) and the World Bank Group have announced a 2018 – 2019 Competition Advocacy Contest with an aim to highlight the key role competition agencies, sector regulators and other governmental bodies or non-governmental organizations play in promoting competition by showcasing their advocacy success stories.

As defined by the ICN, competition advocacy refers to activities that promote a competitive environment through non-enforcement mechanisms, such as building relationships with government entities, increasing public awareness of competition’s benefits and identifying and removing anticompetitive policies and regulations.

Thematic Areas

  • Understanding the effects of competition policy on poverty and inequality in both developing and developed countries
  • Promoting competition as a tool to the fight against corruption and for an equal playing field among public and private players
  • Engaging with public and private stakeholders to better grasp competition challenges posed by fast changing market dynamics
  • Promoting competitive digital infrastructure, digital platforms and digital finance

Eligibility Criteria

Competition agencies, sector regulators and other government and non-government bodies promoting competition policy are welcome to apply.

Selection Criteria

  • Submissions will undergo a rigorous assessment of the following criteria:
    • Relevance of the competition issue tackled by the initiative;
    • Success of the advocacy activity – results achieved;
    • Impact and effects on markets, spillover effects and lessons learned;
    • Advocacy strategy – creativity and originality, cooperation mechanisms deployed.
  • An independent panel will review the submissions and select the top stories.
  • Winning applicants will be invited to present their stories at a joint ICN-World Bank Group event, and winning stories will be featured in an ICN-World Bank Group Publication.

How to Apply

  • Submitted stories must include:
    • Summary;
    • The competition issue under assessment;
    • The strategy used to address the competition issue;
    • The main messages and recommendations conveyed by the activity;
    • The results of the initiative;
    • The actual or expected socioeconomic impacts of the initiative.
  • Applicants can apply online via given website.

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