World Bank Group Blog4Dev for Ethiopian Students 2016. Blog and Win Prizes

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Brief description: Are you an Ethiopian university student between the ages of 18 to 30 years old? If so, the World Bank wants you to hear your thoughts on some of the most pressing development challenges in your country.
Application Deadline: Before August 11, 2016.

Eligible Countries: Ethiopia
To be taken at (country): Ethiopia
Eligible Field of Study: None.Simply enter the World Bank Ethiopia office #Blog4Dev contest and tell us: “how can Ethiopia can reach middle income country status without leaving anyone behind?
Express your opinions and ideas on the topic, and describe the kinds of development initiatives and policies in key areas including agriculture, energy or manufacturing that if implemented, would ensure that benefits from these sector reach all segments of society (women, youth, rural populations – just to name a few).

About the Award: The World Bank has been helping to fight poverty and improve the living standards the people of Ethiopia since 1945. Since then, Bank support has been directed toward assisting the country to achieve sustainable economic growth while reducing poverty with more than 140 projects. In the past 20 years alone, the Bank has committed more than $12 billion to more than 70 projects in Ethiopia.

Currently, the World Bank’s portfolio includes 30 active projects with a commitment value of more than $8 billion both for national and regional operations. The World Bank Group (WBG) is developing a new framework to guide its partnership with Ethiopia in the next few years. This year, WBG is following a new approach to country engagement – the Country Partnership Framework (CPF). This new approach aims to make the country-driven model more systematic, evidence-based, selective and focused on the goals of ending extreme poverty and increasing shared prosperity in a sustainable manner.

As part of the process, the World Bank office in Ethiopia invites you to have your say on the development challenges and opportunities in Ethiopia. 


  1. Entries will be accepted only in English, with not more than 700 words.
  2. Be an Ethiopian citizen and currently living in Ethiopia
  3. Be between the ages of 18 and 30
  4. Be a registered university student with proof of registration and ID
  5. Current World Bank Group staff members, their family members and consultants are not eligible

Selection Criteria: A panel of expert judges from the World Bank office in Ethiopia will review submissions to determine the winning entries. The winning submissions will be selected based on the following criteria:



Clarity and practical messages

 Number of Awardees: 3

Value of Contest: The first three ranked winners of the contest will receive prizes.

The writer of the winning blog will win a laptop.

The second winner will receive Samsung Galaxy Tablet

The third place prize will be ETB5,000

All the three winning blogs will be published on the WBG’s Nasikiliza blog page, and promoted on World Bank and the Ethiopia social media channels.

How to Apply:Submit your #Blog4Dev entry via email: including the author’s full legal name, email address and phone number.

Award Provider: World Bank Group

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