The World Bank Blog4Dev Competition 2018
Now in its 5th year, the Blog4Dev series is a writing competition in which young people compete and submit written solutions on a topical challenge. It 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.
This year, for the first time, the World Bank Africa Region is hosting Blog4Dev, a regional blog competition, inviting young people from 48 countries to share their ideas for how they, and other young people, can prepare themselves for the digital economy and a technology-driven workplace.
Blog4Dev Competition: What will it take to enhance the skills needed to prepare Africa’s youth for the digital economy and the future of work?
Technological progress is constantly changing how we work, from automation to artificial intelligence. With these advancements, firms adopt of new ways of production, helping markets to expand, and societies to evolve.
While advances in technology can eliminate the need for some jobs, the World Development Report 2019 notes that it also paves the way for the creation of new jobs which will require a mix of skills – such as complex problem solving, teamwork and adaptability – to meet the increasing demand in the labor market. Skill building is particularly important in Sub-Saharan Africa, home to the world’s youngest population; every year for the next decade, as many as 11 million young people are expected to enter the labor market.
As noted by World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim in a recent blog, “…the pace of innovation is accelerating, and the jobs of the future – in a few months or a few years – will require specific complex skills. Human capital will become an ever more valuable resource. In short, the changing nature of work—and how best to prepare people for the jobs of the future—are some of the toughest challenges countries face…”
So, the World Bank through Blog4Dev wants to hear from you! In 500 words or less, tell them how you would solve this development challenge in your country: What will it take to enhance the skills needed to prepare Africa’s youth for the digital economy and the future of work?
Winning authors are eligible for several prizes, including 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 Nasikiliza.
To be eligible for the Blog4Dev contest, 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
- Currently, residing in a Sub-Saharan African country
How to Apply
Submit your 500-word, original Blog4Devblog detailing your ideas about what it will take to enhance the skills needed to prepare Africa’s youth for the digital economy and the future of work, written in English, French or Portuguese.
Please note; submissions through email or post will not be accepted.
Deadline: November 30, 2018