Register for World Bank Youth Summit

YouthSummit_logo_LGThe 2013 Youth Summit is an event championed by the Junior Professional Associates (JPA) Program in collaboration with other units at The World Bank Group (WBG), held on October 3, 2013. The theme for the event is “Youth Entrepreneurship: Cultivating an innovative spirit to alleviate global youth unemployment”. The summit will feature notable panelists of the development community, and will provide a forum for young people from around the globe to share innovative ideas and solutions to current development challenges to create opportunities for youth employment and job creation.

The summit will address three areas: Youth Employment, Education, Millennial Communications – the use of social media and technology for development. Before the summit, a Development Case Study Competition aims to provide youth with the opportunity to propose innovative solutions and business products for real development issues that the WBG and external partners are striving to solve.

Development Case Competition

The Development Case competition model is a platform for discussion and results. This year’s theme, Cultivating an innovative spirit to alleviate global youth unemployment, focuses on the topics of education, entrepreneurialism, youth employment, and millennial communication. The World Bank invites individuals and teams of up to five creative thinkers (who are 18-35 years old) to submit a proposal for one of the four development cases that highlight real life challenges facing development organizations.


Individuals and teams register with a group name under one case study. Each individual or team may only submit one proposal for the entire competition.

Proposal  Due September 1 (The deadline has been extended to September 8)
Participants submit a proposal of up to 2,000 words, in English, that provides solutions to the development case they chose to address. A proposal can include any of the following:

  • Measurements of social impact
  • Market readiness
  • Competition and SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats)
  • Strategic alignment and USP (unique selling point)
  • Risk assessment and analysis
  • Sustainable outcomes of the solution and operational impacts
  • Stakeholders
  • Team implementation strategy
  • Financial plan
  • Feasibility analysis

In addition to the proposal, participants must submit an executive summary of 400 words or fewer that includes the following information:

  • Realizes the problem
  • States the solution in terms of a socially impactful product, project or development model
  • Addresses who the customer is and what is the benefit of the solution
  • Includes sustainability depth beyond revenue-generating concepts

The applications will be reviewed by a panel of internal and external judges. Winners and runners up will be contacted via email mid-September.Presentation  October 3

Winning selections (winners and runners-up) for each case study are invited to the Youth Summit on October 3rd to present their winning proposals (either in person or by video-conference). World Bank President Jim Yong Kim will present participants with certificates. Additional awards will be given to the winners by the case sponsors.


The following cases are this year’s Youth Summit Development Cases:

  • Case Study A: Strengthening Micro-Entrepreneurship for Disadvantaged Youth (Download)
  • Case Study B: A Better Financial Product for Young Entrepreneurs’ Micro and Small Enterprises (Download)
  • Case Study C: Reverse Engineering, Youth Entrepreneurship Driving Education (Download)
  • Case Study D: Millennial Communications for Inclusive City Planning (Download)


Send your final submissions (in one PDF document, less than 10 MB) to, including a duly filled out cover sheet.Each proposal will be submitted to an evaluation committee made up of representatives from the World Bank and our case sponsors. The evaluation committee will select one winner and one runner-up for each of the four development cases. The winners will be notified by September 10th. Prizes will vary by case, but may include a trip to Washington, D.C. for the World Bank’s first Youth Summit and the chance to participate in project implementation.For more information, you can download the full competition guidelines.

For more information, see World Bank Youth Summit Page.



  1. I would love to become a participant. In fact, I’ve participated in many youth conferences. I spent a month in Canada last year visiting schools and making proposals about keeping a planet without pollution and many other topics in which I also talked about indigenous rights in Nicaragua and worldwide and more. I’d like to have this opportunity. I’m a young leader representing the Miskito Indigenous people. I’d love to be part of this.

    1. It is great to learn about your interest in the Summit, Tony. Kindly check the World Bank website to apply. Goodluck!

  2. Bonjour,j’ai également participé à plusieurs conférences ,forum dans le monde,toujours se sont les mêmes thèmes qui sont développés,quelques fois j’ai l’impression que rien n’est fait pour aller de l’ suis un jeune leader dans mon pays et avec mon groupe nous essayons tant bien que mal de faire bouger les choses,en promouvant des atelier de concertation autour des thématiques emploi de jeunes,chômages,la santé et reproduction,développement durable et des questions relative à l’environnement…etc comme ce fut le cas en tunisie au mois de decembre 2011.
    ces sommet de jeunes sont importante en ce sens qu’après les conférences,il y’a un suivi à long terme pour que cela ne reste pas dans les archives des grandes institutions. ce sommet m’intéresse bien puisque j’ai ma place parmi ceux qui seront présent,j’aurai mon mot a dire pour qu’enfin les chose bougent une fois pour toute.mon e-mail: pour tout contact.
    cordialement mes salutations les plus distinguées !

    1. Un grand merci pour votre intérêt pour le Sommet. Il est bon de savoir que vous faites beaucoup sur le développement des jeunes dans votre pays. Le Sommet de la jeunesse de la Banque mondiale sera sûrement un endroit idéal pour partager l’expérience avec d’autres jeunes et des experts en développement de la jeunesse. Veuillez vérifier le lien ci-dessus du sommet de s’appliquer. Je vous souhaite bonne chance avec votre demande.

  3. This is going to be my first time of participating. And I’m sure I will be selected. I want to know if I’m selected as one of the participant would I fund my trip?

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