World Bank “Ideas for Action” Global Competition 2017 for Young People Worldwide Competitions 
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World Bank “Ideas for Action” Global Competition 2017 for Young People Worldwide

Deadline: December 31, 2016 and February 28, 2017

Ideas for Action is a youth competition centered around financing sustainable development and sponsored by the World Bank Group and the Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research at the Wharton School. We are excited to host the third global Ideas for Action Competition. Every year, students and young professionals from around the world participate to design ideas for financing and implementing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Winners of the competition will present their ideas during the IMF & World Bank Annual Meetings, receive support from a dedicated startup accelerator at the Wharton School, and benefit from unique networking opportunities with other young leaders as well as some of the most senior decision-makers in international development, academia, and the private sector.

The competition is intended to help catalyze a global conversation among young people all around the world. Conversations happen virtually, over social media networks, and in person, and we hope that you will engage with others who share your passion for international development. We want you to join this conversation. We want you to change the world.


  • This is a team competition. Teams must consist of two to six members and may be formed across different schools, institutions, companies, countries, nationalities etc.
  • Youth between the ages 18 and 35 from around the world are invited participate. Students between the ages of 14 to18 may participate in our high school initiative, Ideas for Action 14-18.



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 networking opportunities with experts from international development, academia, and the private sector.



  • Please register your teams on our website at prior to submitting your proposal. You will then receive access to resources and research materials that will help you develop your idea. In addition, you will receive all relevant updates and information on the competition and upcoming events.


Register Now:

High School (14-18 Years)

Young Adults (18-35 Years)

Submission Requirements:

Executive Summary Please send us a 1-2 page executive summary of your proposal. You will find a sample in the appendix of these guidelines. The following items should be included:

• Title and team name

• Problem and context: Briefly describe the problem that your proposal is addressing.

• Solution: Succinctly describe your idea (including design, target population, stakeholders, incentives, and implementation)

• Expected impact: Why is it relevant?

Proposals should be submitted directly to the I4A email account ([email protected]) in Microsoft Word or PDF format. Please name your file as follows: “2017_Country_TeamName”.


Teams are encouraged to submit an Executive Summary of their proposals by December 31, 2016. After a first round review process, teams will receive feedback and an invitation to submit their full proposals by February 28. Alternatively, teams can elect to skip the executive summary stage and submit a full proposal by February 28. While this will in no way affect the selection process, we generally encourage teams to submit executive summaries as this will allow them benefit from immediate jury feedback.

• Deadline for submitting Executive Summaries: December 31, 2016

• Announcement of Executive Summaries selected to submit full proposals: January 31, 2017

• Deadline for full proposal submissions: February 28, 2017

• Announcement of submissions selected for the final round: March 21, 2017

• Deadline for final submissions*: April 17, 2017

• Announcement of winners: May 3, 2017


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