The Annual Bank Conference on Africa: Managing the Challenges and Opportunities of Urbanization in Africa
#Blog4Dev: How can Ethiopia Reach Middle Income Country Status without Leaving Anyone Behind?
July 11-August 11, 2016Online

The World Bank has been helping to fight poverty and improve the living standards the people of Ethiopia since 1945. Since then, Bank support has been directed toward assisting the country to achieve sustainable economic growth while reducing poverty with more than 140 projects. In the past 20 years alone, the Bank has committed more than $12 billion to more than 70 projects in Ethiopia. Currently, the World Bank’s portfolio includes 30 active projects with a commitment value of more than $8 billion both for national and regional operations. The World Bank Group (WBG) is developing a new framework to guide its partnership with Ethiopia in the next few years. This year, WBG is following a new approach to country engagement - the Country Partnership Framework (CPF). This new approach aims to make the country-driven model more systematic, evidence-based, selective and focused on the goals of ending extreme poverty and increasing shared prosperity in a sustainable manner. As part of the process, the World Bank office in Ethiopia invites you to have your say on the development challenges and opportunities in Ethiopia.

Are you an Ethiopian university student between the ages of 18 to 30 years old? If so, the World Bank wants you to hear your thoughts on some of the most pressing development challenges in your country.

Enter the World Bank Ethiopia office #Blog4Dev contest and tell us: “how can Ethiopia can reach middle income country status without leaving anyone behind?”

Express your opinions and ideas on the topic, and describe the kinds of development initiatives and policies in key areas including agriculture, energy or manufacturing that if implemented, would ensure that benefits from these sector reach all segments of society (women, youth, rural populations – just to name a few).

Entries will be accepted only in English, with not more than 700 words before August 11, 2016. Submit your #Blog4Dev entry via email:, including the author’s full legal name, email address and phone number. 

To be eligible for the #Blog4Dev contest in Ethiopia, you must:

  • Be an Ethiopian citizen
  • Be currently living in Ethiopia
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 30
  • Be a registered university student with proof of registration and ID
  • Current World Bank Group staff members, their family members and consultants are not eligible

A panel of expert judges from the World Bank office in Ethiopia will review submissions to determine the winning entries. The winning submissions will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Originality
  • Creativity
  • Clarity and practical messages

The first three ranked winners of the contest will receive prizes.

  1. The writer of the winning blog will win a laptop.
  2. The second winner will receive Samsung Galaxy Tablet
  3. The third place prize will be ETB5,000

All the three winning blogs will be published on the WBG’s Nasikiliza blog page, and promoted on World Bank and the Ethiopia social media channels.

  1. Entry submissions must be original and well-written
  2. Submission deadline is August 11, 2016. Late submissions will be disqualified automatically.
  3. The blog post length should be at most 700 words. Longer entries will be disqualified.
  4. Entries will be accepted in English.
  5. Only one submission per entrant will be allowed.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 publish their entered blog post on its website and social media channels.
  8. Failure to comply with these rules may result in disqualification from the competition. Bloggers 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.

Submit your entry via email at

Blog entries must be received by August 11, 2016.

  • Deadline: August 11, 2016
  • #1: Be an Ethiopian citizen and currently living in Ethiopia
  • #2: Be between the ages of 18 and 30
  • #3: Be a registered university student with proof of registration and ID
  • #4: Current World Bank Group staff members, their family members and consultants are not eligible
  • CONTACT: Blog4Dev Team