World Bank’s Youth Essay Competition in Egypt, 2017

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In partnership with the Economic Research Forum (ERF), World Bank is pleased to announce the second round of the Youth Essay Competition, and the launch of the Call for Essays titled ‘Entrepreneurship: Tackling Social Challenges’.

The Essay Competition is implemented as part of the World Bank’s Youth Engagement Technical Assistance, which aims to promote and mainstream youth inclusion in Egypt through the World Bank portfolio.

The goal of this Competition is to give young Egyptians the opportunity to develop constructive and innovative solutions to address existing development challenges in their country.

Finalists will be present their essays at an Award Ceremony in Cairo to an audience of policymakers, sector specialists and other stakeholders. The winners will be selected during the event. The five winning essays will receive a financial reward and essays will be published on the World Bank and ERF websites.

Deadline for submission is the 30th of March, 2017

Who can apply?

Any Egyptian under 30 years old.

Are there requirements for Language, Format and Length?

The essay can be written in Arabic or English and must be under 2,500 words. A separate abstract of up to 250 words is required. The essay needs to contain: (a) title; (b) abstract with a concise summary of key messages/solutions; (c) simple structure with the introduction, solution, and conclusion; (d) clear list of recommendations; and (e) bibliography. Please acknowledge all references and add a complete bibliography, which is not part of the word count.

How will the Essay be evaluated?

The Essay will be reviewed by a panel of independent experts in two stages.

Stage 1: The panel will be evaluating all submissions according to three criteria: (1) the relevance and originality of your solutions; (2) the soundness of your argument, and whether your essay is well substantiated by the existing literature or experience; and (3) the feasibility and practicality of your recommendations.

Stage 2: The finalists will be invited to present their essays at an Award Ceremony in Cairo, where the winners will be selected. The final selection of the winners will be based on the quality of their essay and clarity of their presentation during the Award Ceremony.

What is the timeline?

An electronic copy of your individually written essay needs to be submitted online at the website by March 30, 2017. The finalists will be notified by April 15, 2016. All the finalists will be invited to present their essay at the Award Ceremony in Cairo in early May 2017.

Are there prizes?

The essay competition offers recognition and financial awards. In addition to a certificate of achievement to all finalists, you will be able to present your idea to an audience of policymakers, sector specialists and other stakeholders. The best five essays will be published online by the World Bank and by the Economic Research Forum on their websites. The author of the best essay will receive 20,000 Egyptian pounds. The second, third, fourth and fifth place winners will be awarded 15,000; 10,000; 7,000 and 4,000 Egyptian pounds, respectively.

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