Ideas for Action Competition

Deadline: 31 January 2015
Open to: internationals between the ages 18 and 35
Prize: participation in training and exposure of their work world wide


Today’s youth will be responsible for delivering the post-2015 development agenda, also known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) when they expire at the end of 2015. The SDGs will be more ambitious than the MDGs, covering a broad range of interconnected issues, from sustainable economic growth, to social issues, to global public goods. To realize this vision, a just-as-ambitious plan for financing and implementation is needed. Youth engagement throughout the design and implementation process is critical for success. The Ideas for Action (I4A) competition engages young people around the world to encourage them to develop and share their ideas for financing solutions to deliver the post-2015 development agenda.


This is a team competition. Teams must be 2 to 5 people and may consist of multiple nationalities and individuals from different schools, institutions, companies, etc. Youth between the ages 18 and 35 from around the world can participate.


Winners of the competition will be given an opportunity to influence the post-2015 financing discussions and its implementation, including:

  • Present winning proposal at the IMF/World Bank Spring and/or Annual Meetings in April and October 2015, respectively;
  • Engagement with experts from development organizations, academia, and business on finance for development post-2015;
  • Participation in a boot camp, where the winners will visit a company, organization or university to take part in specific project implementation and get hands on experience;
  • Participation in the Wharton School of Business Executive Development Program and Knowledge Exchange.


You can start with your application by registering here. Your proposal should include (but not be limited to) the following:

  • Title of proposal;
  • Team Name;
  • Short Abstract (200 words);
  • Explanation of problem and context: (200-400 words);
  • Explanation of Solution: (700-1,400 words);
  1. ​Why is it relevant?
  2. What is new about it?
  3. By who, what, how and when would it be implemented?
  4. What is the expected impact?
  • Are there similar examples that can be provided? If so, where and how? Please elaborate. (150-300 words);
  • What are challenges you might confront and how might they be addressed? (200-400 words);
  •  Any additional information, as you see fit.

For more information about the contest please visit the official webpage and download the contest description

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