The Social Inclusion Heroes (SIH) Story Competition

October 17-December 31, 2017



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 Unit 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 and illustrate the #AfricaCAN spirit.

    The participants will gain networking opportunities, organized by the World Bank. Participation in the competition implies acceptance of these rules.

    Updated timeline

    • February-June 2018: Shortlisting.
    • October 2018: Selection of 2-3 stories maximum per country, based on the best evaluations.
    • December 2018: Announcement of the winner, who will be invited in Washington to participate at the events around the Spring Meetings (April 2019).
  • BENIN  

    • Akpaki Mirabelle Dogani
    • Kongnon Kemavoh Elvis Fidel


    • Busang Davies Maruping
    • Thabiso Mashaba


    • Mathieu Sossou
    • Sawadogo Lassané


    • Karemera Jeanne Marie Francine
    • Melchisedeck Muhindo
    • Nicolas Mpebeye


    • Kadir Abdoul
    • Nguimkeng Arnold


    • Amina Priscille Longoh
    • Madjimbe Iverson Mimo


    • Kpoungbouti Francis Koffi
    • Obin Guiako
    • Oulaï Daniel


    • La Joie Dupanloup Bahati
    • Tsongo_Joseph


    • Mariamawit Fikreselassie
    • Wolde Bizuayehu Jembere
    • Hermella Woldehana


    • Joseph Asameni Obiri
    • Latey, Dede Atsu Kobla
    • Elijah Amoo Addo


    • Bah Mohamed
    • Mara Moussa


    • Emily Bakhita Akoth
    • Vinesenciah Gisore
    • Dianah Wanjiku Kamande


    • Reekelitsoe Molapo
    • Mampoja Mokorosi


    • Raveloarimisa Lala Mbolatiana
    • Razafinimanana Andriamahefa Nirisoa Malalatiana
    • Tahiry Ravitarivao


    • James W. Mhone
    • Trésor Nzengu Mpauni
    • Chimwemwe John Paul Manyozo


    • Mamadou Gassama
    • Oumar Coulibaly


    • Mohammad Yaaseen Edoo
    • Viveksing Neeleshwar Urjoon


    • Kunle Adewale
    • Treasure Kalu
    • Abimbola Ojenike


    • Emmanuel Dusabimana
    • Patrick Kiruhura
    • Nizeyimana Seleman


    • Ibrahima Fall
    • Hervé Tamali Lanthierine Bangar
    • Abibou Gaye


    • Louise & Sophie Kanza
    • Omphile Mangwagape
    • Beki Ndlovu 


    • Catherine Marcus
    • Sarah Edgar
    • Jacqueline Lawrence Mwakyambiki


    • Mawoussi Yaovi Dodji
    • Nabede Assima Nabede
    • Kodjovi Nogbedji


    • Mukose Andrew
    • Namboka Esther
    • Collins Ayella


    • Michelle Chimuka
    • Mwila Lwando
    • Gift Chansa


    • Tafadzwa Jani
    • Margret Damba
    • Tapiwa Gwenlisa Marange
  • Submission Details. Send us your story by email addressed to AFREC, 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 31, 2017. Late submissions will be disqualified automatically

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

    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.

  • 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.


  • 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.
  • CONTACT: Erick Rabemananoro
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