World Bank Group/Wharton School Ideas for Action Competition 2018


The World Bank and the Wharton School are pleased to invited students for the World Bank Group/Wharton School Ideas for Action Competition 2018, only eligible applicants will be considered for this program

About the Award:

Ideas for Action, now hosting its fourth global competition, aims to provide young leaders with a unique opportunity to help shape the global development agenda.

Past winning proposals include a peer-to-peer hyper local approach to last-mile delivery in Nigeria, a mobile platform that allows users to inform themselves and alert others of traffic and security problems in real time, and a novel microinsurance product for remittance payments in India.




University of Pennsylvania

Value of Scholarship:

 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 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 networking opportunities with experts from international development, academia, and the private sector.

Eligible Countries:



Selection/Eligibility Criteria:

  • Teams must consist of two to six members and may be formed across different schools, institutions, companies, countries, nationalities etc.
  • Students and young professionals between the ages 18 and 35 from around the world are invited participate.
  • Teams must register at prior to submitting their proposal. Once registered, teams will receive additional materials to help them prepare their proposals.
  • Submission requirements can be found on the website.

How to Apply: 

Proposals must be submitted in Microsoft Word or PDF format using the SurveyMonkey link below.

Your proposal should include the following:

  • Title and team name
  • Short abstract
  • Explanation of the problem and context: Briefly describe the problem that your proposal is addressing.
  • Your solution: Succinctly describe your idea (including design, target population, stakeholders, incentives, and implementation)
  • Expected impact: Why is it relevant?
  • Are there similar examples? If so, where and how?
  • Challenges: What are challenges you might face and how can they be addressed?

Application Deadline: 28th February, 2018

Visit Program Webpage for Details

Award Provider: World Bank Group, Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Protection Status



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