2013 World Bank Development Case Competition.


Deadline: September 8 2013

The Development Case competition model is a platform for discussion and results. This year’s theme, Cultivating an innovative spirit to alleviate global youth unemployment, focuses on the topics of education, entrepreneurialism, youth employment, and millennial communication.

The World Bank invites individuals and teams of up to five creative thinkers (who are 18-35 years old) to submit a proposal for one of the four development cases that highlight real life challenges facing development organizations.



Individuals and teams register with a group name under one case study. Each individual or team may only submit one proposal for the entire competition.

Proposal — Due September 1 (The deadline has been extended to September 8)
Participants submit a proposal of up to 2,000 words, in English, that provides solutions to the development case they chose to address. A proposal can include any of the following:

Measurements of social impact
Market readiness
Competition and SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats)
Strategic alignment and USP (unique selling point)
Risk assessment and analysis
Sustainable outcomes of the solution and operational impacts
Team implementation strategy
Financial plan
Feasibility analysis

In addition to the proposal, participants must submit an executive summary of 400 words or fewer that includes the following information:

Realizes the problem
States the solution in terms of a socially impactful product, project or development model
Addresses who the customer is and what is the benefit of the solution
Includes sustainability depth beyond revenue-generating concepts

The applications will be reviewed by a panel of internal and external judges. Winners and runners up will be contacted via email mid-September.

Presentation — October 3
Winning selections (winners and runners-up) for each case study are invited to the Youth Summit on October 3rd to present their winning proposals (either in person or by video-conference). World Bank President Jim Yong Kim will present participants with certificates. Additional awards will be given to the winners by the case sponsors.


The following cases are this year’s Youth Summit Development Cases:

Case Study A: Strengthening Micro-Entrepreneurship for Disadvantaged Youth (Download)

Case Study B: A Better Financial Product for Young Entrepreneurs’ Micro and Small Enterprises (Download)

Case Study C: Reverse Engineering, Youth Entrepreneurship Driving Education (Download)

Case Study D: Millennial Communications for Inclusive City Planning (Download)


Send your final submissions (in one PDF document, less than 10 MB) to [email protected], including a duly filled out cover sheet.

Each proposal will be submitted to an evaluation committee made up of representatives from the World Bank and our case sponsors. The evaluation committee will select one winner and one runner-up for each of the four development cases. The winners will be notified by September 10th. Prizes will vary by case, but may include a trip to Washington, D.C. for the World Bank’s first Youth Summit and the chance to participate in project implementation.

For more information, you can download the full competition guidelines.


Awards differ by development case, but possible prizes include:

a) Trip to Washington, D.C. to attend the World Bank’s first Youth Summit;
b)Seed funding;
c) Reputable learning or training opportunity;
d) Opportunity to implement winning project within the organization;
e) Other monetary compensation;
f) Internship with World Bank or World Bank partner.
Winning proposals are eligible to receive additional awards from the individual case sponsors.
For more information regarding the development cases, please contact Nicholas Bian at [email protected]



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