Ideas for Action Competition 582 views

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Partially funded




Students and young professionals from around the world are invited to take part in the 2018 Ideas for Action Competition, which is a youth competition on Financing Sustainable Development that is sponsored by the World Bank Group and the Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research at the Wharton Business School.

The 2018 Competition, which seeks to help catalyze a global conversation among youths on their passion for international development, invites entrants to design ideas for financing solutions to deliver the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

The proposal should include:

  • A short abstract
  • Explanation of the problem and context
  • The solution: including design, target population, stakeholders, incentives, and implementation
  • Expected impact: Why is it relevant?
  • Are there similar examples? If so, where and how?
  • Challenges faced and how they could be addressed


Winners of the competition get the opportunity to:

  • Present their ideas at an event during the Annual Meetings of the IMF and the World Bank Group,
  • Receive support from a project incubator at the Wharton School, and
  • Benefit from unique networking opportunities with experts from international development, academia, and the private sector.


Youths between the ages of 18 and 35 from around the world are eligible for the competition. They have to form teams, consisting of 2 to 6 members, who may come from different schools, institutions, companies, countries or nationalities.


Registration of the teams should be done online, prior to submission of proposals. Teams will then gain access to resources and research materials that will help in the development of ideas, and receive updates on the competition. Submissions of the proposals are to be done online by 28 February 2018. 

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