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The Social Inclusion Heroes (SIH) Story Competition

October 17-December 15, 2017

Online

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Photo: Sam Phelps/Samu Social Sénégal


If you are under 40 years old, carrying out great work transforming the lives of socially excluded people in your community—for example, street children, disabled persons, albinos, and in some societies, twins— in Africa, we’d like to hear your story. You may become one of our Social Inclusion Heroes, and you could win a trip to Washington, D.C., and other prizes.

  • The World Bank’s Africa Region and its Social Development Department are launching a Story Competition to identify positive role models for African youth that illustrate a #AfricaCAN spirit.

    Its primary purpose is to change Africa’s development narrative by highlighting inspirational and transformational African success stories.

    The competition aims to identify some of the young Africans working  to support the inclusion of vulnerable people.

    We hope that it will build up a community of Social Inclusion leaders.

    The participants will gain networking opportunities, organized by the World Bank.

    • October-December 2017: Story competition
    • January 2018: Selection of three stories per country by a jury set by the local World bank Country office
    • February 2018: Selection of 15 regional finalists by a jury set at the World Bank Headquarters. Selection of three finalists by a high-level jury, from which an overall winner will receive the Africa Region Social Inclusion Heroes Award during a ceremony to be held at the World Bank HQ during the Spring Meetings 2018.
  • Any person aged 40 or under on December 1, 2017, living in a sub-Saharan country where the World Bank has an office, can take part in the competition. However, World Bank Group staff and their dependents cannot participate.

  • Submission Details. Send us your story by email addressed to AFREC africateam@worldbank.org, with the following in the subject line : “Social Inclusion Heroes Competition”. You can either nominate yourself or someone else, provided that the proposed hero is under 40. Only one submission per entrant will be allowed.

    Format. Submit your story in only one of the following formats: (a) a written essay, preferably as a Microsoft Word file attachment, not exceeding 700 words ; or (b) a 3 minute video, uploaded to YouTube, with the link shared in your mail ; or (c) a 3 minute audio recording in mp3 format. Longer submissions will be disqualified.

    Mandatory accompanying documents. Your submission must be accompanied by these three documents: (a) one photo portrait of you in high resolution, (b) one photo illustrating the activity mentioned in the story, and (c) a page mentioning your name, date of birth, phone number, email address, and name of your organization (if any).

    Submission deadline. December 15, 2017. Late submissions will be disqualified automatically

    Language. The story must be in one of these three languages: English, French, or Portuguese. 

  • Stories will be judged on four points: (a) clarity, (b) the quality of information provided, (c) the relevance of the activity regarding social inclusion, and (d) the results.

  • Participation in the competition implies acceptance of these rules.

    The World Bank Group reserves the right to research and verify the eligibility of any entrants, and the decision of the World Bank Group shall be final.

    By entering the contest, participants agree to release the World Bank Group from any claims based on the contest, and grant the World Bank Group all rights to their entry, including consent to use and publish received stories in print or electronic platforms.

    Failure to comply with these rules may result in disqualification from the competition. Participants agree to comply with and be bound by the decisions of the World Bank Group, which are final and binding on all matters pertaining to this competition.

Details

  • Dead Line: December 15, 2017
  • ELIGIBILITY: Any person aged 40 or under on December 1, 2017, living in a sub-Saharan country where the World Bank has an office, can take part in the competition. However, World Bank Group staff and their dependents cannot participate.
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