World Bank Essay Competition on Work

World Bank International Essay Competition

WANTED: your practical  ideas!  – Deadline, April 2, 2006

Today is your world! You’re making a difference. You’re working to solve community problems, such as lack of access to education or jobs, the spread of HIV/AIDS or conflict. Yet, the impact of your work does not always receive enough exposure and recognition. Participate now and have your voice heard! The World Bank and its partners invite you to participate in the International Essay Competition 2006 to share your experience and ideas on community work and participation in public life.


Choose one of the two topics:


Topic 1: How do you contribute to solving community problems?

You’re making an impact – or you have ideas – on working with your peers on important projects, such as: improving education, resolving conflict, limiting the spread of HIV/AIDS, or promoting youth employment.

1) If you have been personally involved in community work, write specifically about your experience:

Who have you worked with? Who have you helped? What have you accomplished? In what way would you consider this work to be innovative? How have you measured the results of your work?

Looking ahead:
How would you improve your impact? How can other youth replicate your experience?

2) If you don’t have practical experience, write specifically about your ideas:
How would you work with your peers to solve community problems?


Topic 2: How do you influence decision making?

You’ve helped influence – or you have ideas on influencing – decisions on important issues that affect your community:

1) If you have been personally involved in advocacy work, write specifically about your experience:
What have you accomplished? How did you convince decision makers to listen to you? What obstacles have you overcome? How have you measured the results of your work?

Looking ahead:
How would you improve your advocacy? How can other youth adapt your ideas to become more involved in decision-making?

2) If you don’t have practical experience, write specifically about your ideas:
How could youth better influence decision-making?


Who can participate


Are you:



  • A young person between 18 and 25 years of age from any country of the world?

  • Not enrolled in a PhD program?

  • Interested in global issues?

If you answer ‘YES’ to all of the questions, then you can participate in the Essay Competition!!


The competition is open to students and non-students alike, able to submit their essay in either English, French or Spanish.


Length and Format


 


How long should your essay be?


Your essay may not be longer than 10 pages (4000 words maximum), 1.5 line-spaced.

You are also required to provide an abstract of no more than one page. An abstract is a summary in which you explain the aim, the methodology, the reasoning and the main conclusions of your paper.
The abstract will be used by the jury to make a pre-selection.


 


How to submit?


 


The submission process for the Essay Competition 2006 is entirely Internet-based.
Essays submitted by email or post will not be accepted.


To submit your essay, click here.


Rules


 


RULES AND RECOMMENDATIONS



  • Submissions will be accepted starting February 1, 2006 till April 2, 2006.

  • Each participant can only submit one essay.

  • Participants must be between 18 and 25 years of age.

  • Students taking PhD courses are not eligible.

  • Essays should not be longer than 10 pages (4,000 words, maximum), 1.5 line-spaced.

  • Essays can only be submitted online, in English, French or
    Spanish.

  • Each essay must be accompanied by an abstract (max. one page). The abstract will be used by the jury to make a pre-selection.

  • All essays will be blind reviewed. References to specific individuals, firms, or schools, which might reveal the author’s identity are discouraged.

  • Quotes and references must be clearly marked throughout the essay and properly cited.

  • All essays must be original. No previously published material will be accepted. Any form of plagiarism will result in automatic disqualification. Please note that all essays will be screened with a specialized software to verify plagiarism.

  • We recommended that you write your essay in a word-processing program (check for grammar and spelling; clarity counts).

  • Contestants are asked not to add emphasis using HTML etc. Italics and other text formatting will be added to the finalist essays for publication purposes.

  • The World Bank reserves the right to publish and/or to make available to the public the winning essays.

  • The decision of the Jury is final and is not subject to an appeal.

For more information: www.essaycompetition.org