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#MaldivesISee: Tell Us Your Aspirations for Your Country Through Art

September 15-October 25, 2021



Rich marine life. A successful tourism industry. Fisheries. Mobile phones, laptops and growing internet connectivity.

Also: pollution that threatens our oceans. A geography that makes it harder to build schools, hospitals and provide electricity that people need.

All of these elements make up the Maldives we see now. What Maldives do you want to see in the future?

The World Bank is preparing its next country engagement strategy for the Maldives. Along with ongoing in-country consultations, the Bank is inviting young Maldivians to share their views through art.

As a young Maldivian, how do you see the future of the Maldives in the next decade? What are your dreams for your country? How will digital technologies and the blue economy play a role in shaping a country that can nurture your dreams, and the dreams of future generations?

It’s time to get inspired and create original art that captures your dreams for the Maldives’ future!

  • Participants will have the freedom to choose any traditional or digital medium to create their artwork. The artwork should show their aspirations for the Maldives over the next decade. Additionally, each submission should meet the following general guideline:

    •  Include name, address and contact number of the participant.
    • A description of the artwork in 200 words or less.

    All submissions must be made via this online form, before the deadline: 2pm (GMT +5) on October 25, 2021

    • Top 3 winners will get gift prizes worth MVR 5,000, MVR 3,000, and MVR 2,000, respectively.
    • Artworks of Top 5 winners along with brief profiles will be published on World Bank Maldives and South Asia social media channels.
    • Top artwork will be featured on the cover of the World Bank Maldives Country Partnership Framework publication.
    • Participants must be between 12 and 18 years old.
    • The competition is open to all Maldivian nationals.
    • Individuals are limited to one submission each.
    • World Bank Group staff, including Consultants, Interns, Contractors, and their families, are not eligible to participate in the competition.
    • All submissions will be reviewed and top five artworks will be shortlisted by a World Bank team based in Colombo and Male’.
    • The final selection will be made by a panel of judges outside Maldives working on South Asia Region.
    • Judging will take place in late October. Names of selected participants will be announced online on World Bank Maldives Twitter channel.
    • Art will be judged on its originality, message conveyed, quality, neatness, aesthetic quality, colour composition, etc.
    • Submission must be an original work of the participant
    • Participant must have submitted all required items (artwork, description and participant details)
    • The judging panel’s decision is final, and no correspondence will be entertained
    • Winners will be contacted via the contact information provided with their submission.
    • By submitting and entry, you accept and agree with the following terms and conditions:
      • Consent to the World Bank to use your name, reproduction(s) of your artwork, in part or in whole, in its media activities, publications (including the Internet/Web such as blogs), and social media channels and without expectation of compensation or other remuneration, now or in the future. Rights to edit/copy where the publishers deem necessary is reserved although entrants will be fully credited.
      • Participants must be between 12 and 18 years old.
      • The competition is open to all Maldivian nationals.
      • Individuals are limited to one submission each.
      • World Bank Group staff, including Consultants, Interns, Contractors, and their families, are not eligible to participate in the competition.
      • There is no fee to enter the competition.
      • All submissions in this competition are public and not private communications. The World Bank is not responsible for (i) any incorrect or inaccurate information used in connection with the campaign; or (ii) failures or errors which may occur in the administration of the campaign. To the fullest extent permitted by law, the World Bank exclude liability and entrants agree to release and hold harmless the World Bank for any damage, loss, liability or injury to person or property or for any claim arising as a result of your entry into the Competition.
      • By submitting an entry, you grant the World Bank exclusive, perpetual, royalty free and worldwide permission to use and publicly display, use in printed publications of the World Bank, its social media platforms, its websites, or in any other media with appropriate attribution to you as the owner of the entry. The World Bank has the sole discretion to use or not use an entry, or to take down an entry already posted to any of its digital channels. All World Bank decisions are final and unappealable.
      • You represent and warrant that you are the rightful owner of the entry and of all rights associated with the entry; that you have (a) not infringed on any third-party rights, including copyrights, trademarks, industrial property, trade secrets, confidentiality obligations and rights of privacy and publicity, and have the necessary written release(s) or permission(s) to use any third-party rights or intellectual property (b) not violated any applicable law(s) in any countries in the world. By entering this Competition, you agree that the World Bank has the right to verify the ownership and originality of any entry and that upon request, you shall submit a written copy of any release or permission you have received from a third-party granting. If an entry is selected as a winning entry, and the ownership rights and the originality of an entry cannot be verified the World Bank may select an alternate winner. All World Bank decisions are final.
      • Preservation of Immunities. Nothing herein shall constitute or be considered to be a limitation upon or a waiver of the privileges and immunities of the World Bank which are specifically reserved.
      • The promoter is the World Bank Maldives Country Office, Hotel Jen, Male’, Maldives.
  • By submitting your entry or entries to this contest for consideration, all entrants hereby acknowledge and affirm that the World Bank will forever have the right to use or display entries submitted for this competition at any time and in any manner. Uses may include, but are not limited to, print or electronic publication, promotional brochures, posters, or other corporate communications materials. The World Bank also retain the right to distribute to third parties any artworks submitted for this contest, for the purposes(s) of promoting the World Bank activities or for other purposes deemed to further the mission of the World Bank.


  • *NEW* DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: October 25, 2021
  • ELIGIBILITY:: Must be Maldivian national and be between 12 - 18 years of age
  • CONTACT: Naafiz Ali