Ideas for Action

The Ideas for Action Competition 2020 (For Young Leaders Worldwide)

Ideas for Action provides students and young professionals from around the world with a unique opportunity to help shape the international development agenda and to take an active role in changing the world.

Ideas for Action 2020

Ideas for Action is a joint program of the World Bank Group and the Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research at the Wharton School, it is a knowledge platform connecting young leaders all around the world who are passionate about the future development of our world.

They host an annual competition during which youths from around the world design ideas for financing the UN ’s new development agenda. The Ideas for Action competition acts as a catalyst to spark global conversation among millennials and seeks to encourage them to contribute their own voice to the development conversation.


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 Ideas for Action 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 capacity development and networking opportunities with experts from international development, academia, and the private sector.


  • Students and young professionals from around the world are invited to participate.
  • Participants should be between the ages of 18-35 years.

How to Register

Due to the increased interest, in 2019 Ideas for Action received 3,100 applications from 142 countries and territories, and more than 7,000 registered teams, they have moved to a new platform. For registering teams and applications submission please follow the link below;

Click here to Apply/Register

Deadline:  22nd March 2020


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