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Malagasy Youth: Enter the #Blog4Dev Competition and Share Your Ideas for Developing the Great Island for a Chance to Win a Trip to Washington

January 19-February 15, 2018



Madagascar has a plethora of assets, starting with its population of 24 million, 64 percent of whom are under the age of 25. Thanks to its vast expanses of agricultural land, forested areas and access to the sea, the country could become the breadbasket of the Indian Ocean. Moreover, the island’s extraordinary biodiversity and cultural richness could help expand tourism.

Yet, Madagascar is one of the poorest countries in the world, with more than 93 percent of its population living below the poverty line in 2012. In recent years, the Malagasy people have seen little improvement in their quality of life owing to two political crises, severe climate shocks, and global food price hikes.

We would like to hear from you. In no more than 500 words, share your views on the Great Island’s current situation and future. What needs to be done to lift Madagascar out of poverty and allow this land of a thousand smiles to shine?

  • The World Bank in Madagascar is launching the #Blog4Dev competition this year and is calling on youths to submit a blog on a topical issue. The goal is to promote original, innovative ideas that could be developed on a larger scale and, beyond the competition itself, to foster youth engagement to ensure their participation in their country’s development process.

    For this first staging of the competition in Madagascar, the World Bank would like to hear your views on poverty reduction efforts in Madagascar. Enter this competition for a chance to win a trip to Washington in April 2018!


    This competition is open to Malagasy citizens between the ages of 18 and 28 years who currently reside in Madagascar. 


    Submit your blog by February 15, 2018 by completing the form available at: dstyvanley@worldbank.org

    Submissions sent by post will not be considered.

  • A panel of judges comprising staff from the World Bank in Madagascar, the Malagasy Bloggers Association, and the Youth First Association will review the entries and select the winners.

    The winning submissions will be selected based on the following criteria:

    • Originality and creativity
    • Clarity
    • Feasibility
    • Development potential
  • A trip to Washington from April 20-22, 2018.

    The top five entries will be published online on the World Bank’s Nasikiliza blog and will be promoted on the social media channels.

    1. Submissions must be original and well written in English or French.
    2. The deadline for submissions is February 15, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Washington, DC time. Late submissions will be automatically disqualified. 
    3. Submissions must be no longer than 500 words. Longer entries will be automatically disqualified.
    4. Only one submission per entrant is allowed.
    5. The World Bank Group reserves the right to verify the eligibility of any entrant and the decision of the World Bank Group is final.
    6. Entrants agree to release the World Bank Group from any claims based on the competition, 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.
    7. Failure to comply with these rules may result in disqualification from the competition. Entrants 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.


  • Dead Line: February 15, 2018
  • ELIGIBILITY: This competition is open to Malagasy citizens between the ages of 18 and 28 years who currently reside in Madagascar.
  • TOPIC: Madagascar - Land of a thousand smiles and a thousand sorrows.