Ideas for Action Competition

Agency: World Bank Group & Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research at the Wharton School

Eligible Caribbean Countries: All Caribbean Countries

Value: 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.

Fields: Domestic Resource Mobilization, Better and Smarter Aid, International Private Finance, Domestic Private Sector, Business and Development Innovations (Details below)

Deadline: February 29, 2017



Ideas for Action is a youth competition centered around financing sustainable development and sponsored by the World Bank Group and the Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research at the Wharton School.

Every year, students and young professionals from around the world participate to design ideas for financing and implementing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.


  • Students and young professionals between the ages of 14-18 years and 18-35 years from around the world are invited to participate.
  • Teams must consist of two to six members and may be formed across different schools, institutions, companies, countries, nationalities etc.

Focus Areas

  • Domestic Resource Mobilization: improving the ability of countries to collect and allocate public resources generated from taxes and/or improve efficiency of public spending.
  • Better and Smarter Aid: improving how aid is structured and disbursed in light of a rapidly changing donor environment.
  • International Private Finance: improving business environments to attract investment.
  • Domestic Private Sector: mobilizing domestic private capital.
  • Business and Development Innovations: improving business environments in developing economies via innovative private/public partnership models.


Find out more information here.

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