The World Bank Blog4Dev Essay Competition 2020

Now in its 6th year, the Blog4Dev essay competition wants you to share your views by answering the following question: “What will it take to end child marriage in your country?”

Launched in 2014 by the World Bank Kenya office, the Blog4Dev essay competition is an annual writing contest, inviting young people to weigh in on a topic critical to the country’s economic development.

Blog4Dev Essay Competition

The Blog4Dev essay competition tests creativity, innovation, and looks for something with the potential of being scaled-up. It also helps engage youth to become integral to the development process in their countries.

Estimates for 12 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa say that child marriage is costing these countries $63 billion in lost earnings and human capital wealth. Addressing the issue of child marriage is, therefore, a crucial development challenge for all countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

So, the World Bank wants to hear from you! Share your views by answering the following question: “What will it take to end child marriage in your country?”


To be eligible for the Blog4Dev essay competition, you must:

  • Be a citizen of any of the 48 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 28 years of age on November 30, 2019.
  • Currently, reside in a Sub-Saharan African country
  • Not have been a winner of previous editions.

Selection Criteria

A panel of expert judges from inside and outside the World Bank Group will review all entries and select the top five from each country. The selected authors will be interviewed, and a top winner will be chosen from each country.

The winning submissions for Blog4Dev essay competition will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Originality
  • The clarity in Writing and Presentation
  • Practicality and Relevance
  • Potential Impact on Development


Winning authors are eligible for several prizes, including being invited to attend a dedicated program during the World Bank – IMF Spring Meetings 2020 in Washington DC, opportunities to represent Africa’s youth at high-level events, a chance to intern at a World Bank Africa country office, or an opportunity to have your blog published on the World Bank Africa blog Youth Transforming Africa.

How to Apply

Submit your 500-word, original Blog4Dev blog detailing your ideas about what it will take to end child marriage in your country.

Click here to Submit

Deadline: 30th November 2019


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