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World Bank 's International Corruption Hunters Alliance 2023 Blog Contest

April 20-May 20, 2023
Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
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In recent years, the world has faced overlapping crises, including among them a global pandemic, the growing impacts of climate change, and ongoing conflicts in many countries and regions. These emergencies have mobilized massive responses by governments and the global community, both through immediate measures as well as with investments for longer-term solutions.

The impact and outcome of these measures will be determined to a large degree by the quality of the deployment of resources. This requires that the money made available for these responses be used efficiently, effectively, and for their intended purposes.

Corruption undermines these efforts with real consequences on people’s lives. Corruption has a disproportionate impact on the poor and most vulnerable, increasing costs and reducing access to services, including health, education, and justice. Unofficial payments for services can have a particularly pernicious effect on poor people, with a greater percentage of their income going to pay bribes. In addition, corruption impedes investment in the private sector, with consequent effects on growth and jobs. Moreover, corruption erodes trust in government and undermines the social contract, and it can fuel and perpetuate inequalities and discontent that, in some context, lead to fragility, violent extremism, and conflict.

At the same time, advances in technology are causing some characteristics of corruption risks to evolve, such as by making it easier to move illicit funds across borders and hide one’s identity while doing so, allowing corrupt individuals to act with impunity. Given these trends, it is clear that there is a need for greater collaboration in fighting corruption and building coalitions that stand for transparency and accountability in society, and that support building capable institutions charged with carrying out anticorruption programs.

Taking on corruption requires the participation of actors from across society—in government, civil society, and the private sector. Young people can also play a role in building awareness and speaking out against corruption.  

In an effort to find a common solution to a common challenge, we would also like to hear the views of African youth on the challenges of corruption. Based on the situation in your country, answer the following question: 

How can young people work with their governments, academia, and civil society organizations to speak up against corruption and counter the negative impacts corruption has on society?

Submit your original blog entry by May 20, 2023, written in English or French, detailing your ideas about addressing corruption and the negative impacts it has on society.

Email a PDF or Word document to ICHA Blog Contest:


  • ELIGIBILITY: Must be a citizen of, and currently living in, a Sub-Saharan African country and be between 18 and 28 years of age on May 31, 2023.
  • TOPIC: How can young people work with their governments and civil society organizations to speak up against corruption and counter the negative impacts corruption has on society?
  • SUBMIT YOUR BLOG: Send your PDF or Word document to Daniel Nikolits, External Affairs Officer for the World Bank’s Integrity Vice Presidency:
  • CONTACT: ICHA Blog Contest