International Competition Network (ICN/World Bank Group 2018/2019 Competition Advocacy Contest.


Application Deadline:  January 18th, 2019 (11h59 pm, Washington D.C. time).

The International Competition Network (ICN) and the World Bank Group are pleased to announce the launch of the 2018 – 2019 Competition Advocacy Contest. This contest aims to highlight the key role competition agencies, sector regulators and other governmental bodies or non-governmental organizations play in promoting competition by showcasing their advocacy success stories.

As defined by the ICN, competition advocacy refers to activities that promote a competitive environment through non-enforcement mechanisms, such as building relationships with government entities, increasing public awareness of competition’s benefits and identifying and removing anticompetitive policies and regulations.

World Bank/ICN are looking for success stories from competition agencies, other public bodies or civil society that demonstrate the tangible results of competition advocacy regarding:

Theme 1: Understanding the effects of competition policy on poverty and inequality in both developing and developed countries

Theme 2: Promoting competition as a tool to the fight against corruption and for an equal playing field among public and private players

Theme 3: Engaging with public and private stakeholders to better grasp competition challenges posed by fast changing market dynamics

Theme 4: Promoting competitive digital infrastructure, digital finance and digital platforms

Selection Criteria

Submissions will undergo a rigorous assessment of the following criteria:

  • Relevance of the competition issue tackled by the initiative;
  • Success of the advocacy activity – results achieved;
  • Impact and effects on markets, spillover effects and lessons learned;
  • Advocacy strategy – creativity and originality, cooperation mechanisms deployed.

An independent panel will review the submissions and select the top stories.

Winning applicants will be invited to present their stories at a joint ICN-World Bank Group event, and winning stories will be featured in an ICN-World Bank Group Publication.

Winners and honorable mentions will be announced by March 31th, 2019.

How to Apply:

Competition agencies, sector regulators and other government and non-government organizations promoting competition policy are welcome to apply.

If you are a government body or non-governmental organization that is not a member of the ICN, you should reach out to the ICN member in your jurisdiction to inform about your intention to participate in the contest. A list of all ICN members is available here. Joint submissions from governmental bodies or non-governmental organizations are encouraged.

Submitted stories must include:

  • Summary;
  • The competition issue under assessment;
  • The strategy used to address the competition issue;
  • The main messages and recommendations conveyed by the activity;
  • The results of the initiative;
  • The actual or expected socioeconomic impacts of the initiative.

Stories submitted to previous editions of the contest that were not awarded are eligible for resubmission.


Please contact Guilherme de Aguiar Falco with any questions at [email protected].

The deadline for submissions is January 18th, 2019 (11h59 pm, Washington D.C. time).

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the ICN/World Bank Group 2018/2019 Competition Advocacy Contest.



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