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World Bank Essay International Essay Competition 2008

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World Bank Essay International Essay Competition 2008

Wanted: Your practical ideas!

The World Bank Essay International Essay Competition 2008 was recently launched on 15th January 2008.
The topic for this year is "What can you do to shape the city of your dreams?"

Shaping the City of Your Dreams
In 2007, for the first time in human history, the majority of people in the world, particularly in developing countries, will be living in urban areas. Life in the city is often associated with more opportunities, better access to employment, education, health and other services. Cities are often called engines of economic growth, contributing disproportionately to the national gross domestic product (GDP). They are also centers of innovation, entrepreneurship and investment. But many cities also have a large part of their population living in slums, without essential services such as water, sanitation and energy, and threatened by environmental hazards, violence and social exclusion. As more and more people move from the countryside to the city, and as city populations grow, there is a growing need for solutions to the issues of urban poverty, environment, and urban infrastructure (housing, roads, water, energy etc.).

What can you do to shape the city of your dreams?

Please answer all three questions below:

1) Think about the city you live in. What are the biggest opportunities and challenges for people living there?
2) What needs to be done to transform your city into the city of your dreams?
3) What could be your role, working together with your peers, in shaping the city of your dreams? Please focus on one or two points you mentioned in question 2).
You may use some of the points below to structure your answer:
If you have been personally involved in concrete initiatives, write specifically about your experience:
Who have you worked with? Who have you helped? What have you accomplished? In what way would you consider this work to be innovative? How have you measured the results of your work?

Looking ahead:
How would you expand or improve the impact of your work? How can other youth replicate your experience?

If you don't have practical experience, write specifically about your ideas:
How would you work with your peers to shape the city of your dreams?

Students aged between 18-24 are invited to take part in the competition.
The deadline for submissions is 23rd March 2008.
Prizes up to $5,000 for the grand prize winner are up for grabs.
For more information, please visit Essay

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