#Blog4Dev and Essay Competition: What will it take to enhance the skills needed to prepare Africa’s youth for the digital economy and the future of work?


  • DEAD LINE: November 30, 2018
  • ELIGIBILITY: Must be a citizen of, and currently living in, a Sub-Saharan Africa country and be between 18-28 years of age.
  • TOPIC: What will it take to enhance the skills needed to prepare Africa’s youth for the digital economy and the future of work?
  • CONTACT: Blog4Dev


World Bank Africa Region 2019 #Blog4Dev Essay Contest

About the Contest

Are you a young African between the ages of 18 and 28 and currently residing in Africa?  Here is another chance for you to have your say on building your nation and continent! As you know, Africa’s exponential youth growth comes with immense opportunities for you to inject fresh ideas, vibrancy and optimism into addressing many of Africa’s challenges.

As noted by World Bank Group President, Jim Yong Kim in a recent blog“…The pace of innovation is accelerating, and the jobs of the future – in a few months or a few years – will require specific, complex skills. Human capital will become an ever more valuable resource. In short, the changing nature of work – and how best to prepare people for the jobs of the future – are some of the toughest challenges countries face…”

The World Bank — and indeed the world — wants to hear from you. Tell us: what will it take to enhance the skills needed to prepare Africa’s youth for the digital economy and the future of work?  Be bold, be creative, be practical – chart an inclusive and impactful path to progress for your continent.

How to Enter

To enter the competition, submit your original blog entry of no more than 500 words here by November 30, 2018.

Questions?  Need further information? Contact us by email: Blog4Dev@worldbank.org

EligibilityTo be eligible for the #Blog4Dev and Essay contest, you must:

  • Be a citizen of any of the 48 countries south of the Sahara;
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 28;
  • Currently reside in Sub-Saharan Africa;
  • Send your 500-word original blog/essay written in English, French or Portuguese.
A panel of expert judges from inside and outside the World Bank Group will review all the entries, select the top five in each country, conduct interviews and thereafter select the overall top winner from each country.


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Edzai Conilias Zvobwo is passionate about empowering Africans through mathematics, problem-solving techniques and media. As such, he founded MathsGee. Through this organisation, he has helped create an ecosystem for disseminating information, training, and supporting STEM education to all African people. A maths evangelist who teaches mathematical thinking as a life skill, Edzai’s quest has seen him being named the SABC Ambassador for STEM; he has been invited to address Fortune 500 C-suite executives at the Mobile 360 North America; was nominated to represent Southern Africa at the inaugural United Nations Youth Skills Day in New York; was invited to be a contributor to the World Bank Group Youth Summit in 2016; has won the 2014 SADC Protocol on Gender and Development award for his contribution to women’s empowerment in education; and has partnered with local and global firms in STEM interventions.