In 2014, the World Bank Kenya office had launched the Blog4Dev competition, an annual writing contest that invites young people to express their views the country’s economic development.
According to World Bank, the competition is a way to engage Africa’s young people and provide a platform to share their views—and solutions—about development topics that are important to them.
Since then, World Bank says, Blog4Dev has grown to include the voices of hundreds of young people from countries throughout the region who have submitted blogs on topics such as how to end gender-based violence to debating the role of the private sector in public service delivery. The competition tests originality, creativity and innovation.
This year, for the first time, the World Bank Africa Region is hosting a regional blog competition, inviting young people from 48 countries to share their ideas for how they, and other young people, can prepare themselves for the digital economy and a technology-driven workplace.
In 500 words or less, bloggers can tell how they would solve the development challenge in their country and how they will enhance the skills to prepare Africa’s youth for the digital economy and the future of work.
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