Apply to the 2013 Development Case Competition

The World Bank invites individuals and teams of up to five (5)  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.

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.

Deadline: September 8, 2013 

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
  • Stakeholders
  • Team implementation strategy
  • Financial plan
  • Feasibility analysis

In addition to the proposal, participants must submit an executive summary of 400 words or fewerthat 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.

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