The world’s youth will be responsible for implementing the 2030 Development Agenda, a new, global development framework anchored by 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which cover economic, social development and environmental protection.
For Africa in particular, it is an opportunity to create partnerships across the SDGs, which are in line with the Common African Position post-2015 Development Agenda. Based on the consensus between African leaders, civil society and the private sector, the Position highlights the common challenges, priorities and aspirations of African countries. To realize this shared vision, an ambitious financing and implementation plan is needed.
To that end, the World Bank Group is inviting young Africans to join the global development conversation by participating to the Ideas for Action contest (I4A). This initiative is a partnership between the team of the Senior Vice President for the 2030 Development Agenda, UN Relations and Partnerships at the World Bank Group, and the Carol and Lawrence Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research at the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania).
The annual competition aims to encourage students and young professionals to share their ideas for financing and implementing the UN’s SDGs. Teams are invited to submit their projects proposals by February 28, 2017. Winners will be announced by May 31, 2017.