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#Blog4Dev Contest; World Bank Calls Out to Young Bloggers in East Africa

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The #Blog4Dev Contest is an ideas-sharing platform. The platform is mainly focused for youth in Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda. It is a brainchild of the World Bank. This year, the World Bank wants you to share your thoughts on youth and agriculture.

Apparently, agriculture accounts for 32 percent of East Africa’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Sadly, those engaged in agriculture are typically elderly. The youth continue to shy away from this field despite the fact that this sector accounts for about 70 percent of employment opportunities in Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda.

The #Blog4Dev Contest is in its third year running. This year they are seeking to find out how to make agriculture ‘cool’ for the youth. A growth in the agriculture sector will help reduce poverty. Are you up for the challenge?

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For a chance to win a trip to Washington, D.C. in April 2017, discuss the following question in an original blog of no more than 500 words:

To farm or not to farm: What opportunities exist for youth to prosper in agriculture and agro-business?

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Submit the blog post in English by 15th January, 2017 here:

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  • Must be a Kenyan, Rwandan or Ugandan citizen residing in your home country.
  • Be aged between 18 and 28
  • The blog post must be written in English

Selection Criteria

The Panel of judges will be made up of World Bank staff in Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda. The winning submissions will be selected on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Originality and creativity
  • Clarity
  • Practicality
  • Potential for scale-up


  • The best blogger will win an all-expense paid trip to the World Bank Headquarters in Washington DC between April 21-23, 2017
  • The top five blog submissions in each country will be published on the World Bank blog Nasikiliza, and also promoted in the social media channels.
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