Wednesday, 7 November 2018

World Bank Africa Region 2019 #Blog4Dev Essay Contest

Are you a young African between the ages of 18 and 28 and currently residing in Africa?  Here is another chance for you to have your say on building your nation and continent! As you know, Africa’s exponential youth growth comes with immense opportunities for you to inject fresh ideas, vibrancy and optimism into addressing many of Africa’s challenges.

Technological progress is constantly changing how we work, from automation to artificial intelligence. With these advancements, firms adopt of new ways of production, helping markets to expand, and societies to evolve.

While advances in technology can eliminate the need for some jobs, the World Development Report 2019 notes that it also paves the way for the creation of new jobs which will require a mix of skills – such as complex problem solving, teamwork and adaptability – to meet the increasing demand in the labor market. Skill building is particularly important in Sub-Saharan Africa, home to the world’s youngest population; every year for the next decade, as many as 11 million young people are expected to enter the labor market.

As noted by World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim in a recent blog, “…the pace of innovation is accelerating, and the jobs of the future – in a few months or a few years – will require specific, complex skills. Human capital will become an ever more valuable resource. In short, the changing nature of work—and how best to prepare people for the jobs of the future—are some of the toughest challenges countries face…”

So, we want to hear from you! In 500 words or less, tell us how you would solve this development challenge in your country: What will it take to enhance the skills needed to prepare Africa’s youth for the digital economy and the future of work?

DEAD LINE: November 30, 2018

To be eligible for the #Blog4Dev contest, you must:
  • Be a citizen of any of the 48 countries south of the Sahara;
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 28;
  • Currently reside in Sub-Saharan Africa;
  • Send your 500-word original blog/essay written in English, French or Portuguese.
A panel of expert judges from inside and outside the World Bank Group will review all the entries, select the top five in each country, conduct interviews and thereafter select the overall top winner from each country.

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