World Bank #Blog4Dev Essay Competition 2018 for Kenyans, Rwandans & Ugandans (Funded to Washington, DC, USA)

Application Deadline: December 22nd 2017

Now in its 4th 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 become integral to the development process in their countries.

This year, the World Bank wants you to share your thoughts on Gender-Based Violence in Kenya, Rwanda, or Uganda for a chance to win a trip to Washington, D.C. in April 2018.

A global epidemic—affecting as many as one in every three women—Gender-Based Violence is defined as serious violations not against women and girls only, but also those directed against men and boys. GBV comes in many forms—physical violence, rape or other forms of sexual assault, child marriage or any type of forced marriage; female genital mutilation, human trafficking, or even denying someone basic services on the basis of their gender. Known also by its acronym, GBV knows no socio-economic or national boundaries, and has a negative impact on a nation’s well-being. To build a better, more inclusive future for everyone in Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda, it is incredibly important to prevent gender-based violence.

Every opinion counts. Tell us, in no more than 500 words: what it will take to end gender-based violence in your country.


    Must be a Kenyan or Rwandese or a Ugandan residing in your home country, and aged between 18-28 years.

    • Submit your entry by December22, 2017 here:
    • Submissions through email or mail post are not acceptable


      1. Prize: A trip to the Washington, DC, April 20-22, 2018
      2. The top five blog submissions in each country will be published on the World Bank Nasikiliza blog, and promoted in the social media channels.


  • A panel of judges made up of World Bank staff in Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda will review the submissions to determine the winning entries.

    The winning submissions will be selected based on the following criteria:

    • Originality and creativity
    • Clarity
    • Practicality
    • Potential for scale-up

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