Ideas For Action Competition 2020 – Call for Applications

Deadline: 29 February 2020
Open to: young people (18-35 years old)
Benefits: the opportunity to present your ideas at an event during the Annual Meetings of the IMF and the World Bank Group and to receive support from a project incubator at the Wharton School


Ideas for Action provides students and young professionals from around the world with a unique opportunity to help shape the international development agenda and to take an active role in changing the world.

A joint program of the World Bank Group and the Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research at the Wharton School, Ideas for Action is a knowledge platform connecting young leaders all around the world who are passionate about the future development of our world.

They host an annual competition during which youths from around the world design ideas for financing the UN’s new development agenda. The competition acts as a catalyst to spark global conversation among millennials and seeks to encourage them to contribute their own voice to the development conversation.


  • Students and young professionals between the ages of 18-35 years from around the world are invited to participate;
  • This is a team competition. Teams must consist of 2 to 6 members and may be formed across different schools, institutions, companies, countries, nationalities, etc.


The finalists and winners will be selected by a panel of academics and experienced development professionals from public and private sector institutions.

Winners of the competition get the opportunity to:

• Present their ideas at an event during the Annual Meetings of the IMF and the World Bank Group;
• Receive support from a project incubator at the Wharton School;
• Benefit from unique networking opportunities with experts from international development, academia, and the private sector.

How to Apply?

For more information and to apply, please visit the official website.