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World Bank Blog4Dev 2021 Competition

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The World Bank calls application for Blog4Dev 2021 Competition. 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 World Bank Blog4Dev 2021 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

Selection Criteria

The winning submissions will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Originality.
  • The clarity in writing and presentation
  • Practicality and relevance
  • The 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.


Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Deadline30 November,2020
Open toAll
OrganizerThe World Bank



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