Apply for the World Bank Group Wharton School, Ideas for Action Competition for Students and Young Professionals from Around The World

Giving Young Leaders a Voice in the Global Development Conversation

Ideas for Action provides students and young professionals from around the world with a unique opportunity to help shape the international development agenda and to take an active role in changing the world.

A joint program of the World Bank Group and the Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research at the Wharton School, Ideas for Action is a knowledge platform connecting young leaders all around the world who are passionate about the future development of the world.

During the annual competition youths from around the world design ideas for financing the UN’s  new development agenda. The competition acts as a catalyst to spark global conversation among millenials and seeks to encourage them to contribute their own voice to the development conversation.

Registration: Team registration opens August 31, 2018

Application Submission: Application portal launches October 2018

Deadline: Tentative deadline: February 28, 2019

Team Registration: Teams must consist of two to six members and may be formed across different schools, institutions, companies, countries, nationalities, etc. We recommend that all teams register and sign up for updates below to receive the latest information on I4A programs and events leading up to the competition deadline

Eligibility: Students and young professionals between the ages of 18-35 years from around the world are invited to participate.

Guidelines:  Please take a careful look at the Ideas for Action 2019 Guidelines before beginning your application

*Note On Google Forms Application:  If you are currently in a region where Google is not available, please apply here.

Awards: The finalists and winners will be selected by a panel of academics and experienced development professionals from public and private sector institutions. 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 capacity development and networking opportunities with experts from international development, academia, and the private sector.

For more information about this opportunity and to apply, please visit the official website here

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