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Youth Summit 2023: From the Ground Up: Local Solutions to Drive Global Impact

May 25-26, 2023
Hybrid (Online and Washington DC)

Returning for its 10th edition, the World Bank Group Youth Summit engaged youth on the most pressing topics facing their generation, bringing together thousands of participants from around the world.

The Summit took take place on May 25-26, 2023, with activities and engagements in different regions and at the World Bank Group headquarters in Washington DC. 


Congratulations to the 3 winners of the 2023 Pitch Competition!

Nicholas Kee is the Winner of the Jury’s Choice Award for his initiative, Kee Farms which focuses on Combating Climate Change Through Ocean Regeneration & Restoration.

Krish Yadav, the Jury’s Choice runner-up, has developed a project called BhashaX, which aims to facilitate coding in individuals' mother tongues, accessible to anyone with internet connectivity.

Amal El Najjar won the Audience Choice Award for her project, TAMAS Lebanon, a reintegrative initiative that strives to build bridges between juvenile detainees and the local society.

Pitch competition winners


About the World Bank Group Youth Summit

Established in 2013, the Youth Summit is an annual event hosted by the World Bank Group to engage with youth globally on the most pressing issues facing their generation. As the largest youth worldwide annual gathering at the World Bank Group, the primary goals of the Youth Summit are to:

  • Empower youth to explore innovative ideas to tackle development challenges​
  • Provide youth with the tools to build and engage in impactful projects​
  • Promote dialogue between youth, the WBG, and other key stakeholders globally



The 2023 World Bank Group Youth Summit themed ‘From the Ground up: Local Solutions to Drive Global Impact’ is dedicated to ensuring development solutions are generated locally, elevated globally, and scaled cross-regionally. In alignment with the WBG’s decentralization approach, the Summit will honor local ownership, local knowledge, and local solutions as the pathway to responsively tackle global development challenges. ​


Climate change. The COVID-19 pandemic. War and forced displacement. Energy shortages. Worldwide inflation. By 2023 these overlapping crises have caused the biggest setback to ending global poverty since 1990 – making international development more relevant than ever.

Young people are among the most vulnerable to these crises. Youth unemployment is at its highest level since 1991. Almost half of the global refugee population is under 18. And as climate change worsens, our future looks less and less certain.

As the WBG pushes to correct course on poverty reduction and support resilient recovery, the Summit will localize the spotlight, shifting power to youth on the ground. Young people bring some of the boldest solutions at the local level. In towns and villages around the world, youth are finding innovative ways to use technology, such as creative solar panel delivery, female-led education platforms, and much more.


YOUTH SUMMIT 2023: Six New Moments 

  1. 10 Year Anniversary Celebrations to commemorate 10 years of the World Bank Youth Summit through interspersed reflection moments with former YS managers, delegates, and pitch competition winners, as well as a closing anniversary celebration.
  2. Lightning Talks to spark new conversations among YS in-person and virtual delegates by elevating, sharing, and presenting innovative solutions through powerful, bite-sized presentations. 
  3. Hybrid Regional Events to enhance localized engagements and ensure local voices are elevated throughout the YS. 
  4. Networking speed dating and delegate buddy program to promote greater collaboration, professional development, and community amongst YS delegates. 
  5. Case Challenge Winners present to WBG team to ensure that proposed case challenge solutions are shared with Task Team leaders and team members who could carry the work forward.
  6. Speaker/panelist diversity with targets of 50% women, 50% youth (35 or under), 25% from FCV countries, 20% indigenous community members, and all WBG regions represented.