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The Wharton School Sustainable Development Goals Competition

The Wharton School Sustainable Development Goals Competition

Today’s youth will be responsible for delivering the post-2015 development agenda, also known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) when they expire at the end of 2015. The SDGs will be more ambitious than the MDGs, covering a broad range of interconnected issues, from sustainable economic growth, to social issues, to global public goods.

To realize this vision, an ambitious plan for financing and implementation is needed. We want to inspire young leaders to propose innovative ideas about financing the Post-2015 development agenda. We want your ideas.

Topic

As 2015 nears, we now face the post-2015 development agenda and the question: How should we finance the future?

The Wharton School Sustainable Development Goals Competition

Organizer

The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Prizes

Winners of the competition will be given an opportunity to influence the post-2015 financing discussions and its implementation, including:

# Present winning proposal at the IMF/World Bank Spring and/or Annual Meetings in April and October 2015, respectively.

# Engagement with experts from development organizations, academia, and business on finance for development post-2015.

# Participation in a boot camp, where the winners will visit a company, organization or university to take part in specific project implementation and get hands on experience.

# Participation in the Wharton School of Business Executive Development Program and Knowledge Exchange.

Deadline

January 31, 2015

Guidelines

  • Eligibility: Youth between the ages 18 and 35 from around the world can participate.
  • Team Composition: This is a team competition. Teams must be 2 to 5 people and may consist of multiple nationalities and individuals from different schools, institutions, companies, etc.
  • Registration: Please register your teams at this link before submitting your proposal to the I4A competition. To receive updates and information on the competition and post-2015 agenda you may also want to register all team members on the wider distribution list.
  • Submission: Proposals should be submitted to the I4A email account (ideasforaction2015@gmail.com) no later than 11:59 PM EST on January 31, 2015.
  • Proposals should be between 1,500 and 3,000 words, with proper citations and references. The word count does not include the appendix, footnotes/citations, or any charts/graphs.
  • Teams should use the template in appendix 1 and include a 200-word abstract summarizing the key points of the proposal.
  • The submission must be in Times New Roman, 12 pt font. All appropriate information must be cited. It should be sent in PDF or Microsoft Word format (in English, Arabic, French, Russian, Portuguese, or Spanish).
  • Please note: Participants reaching the final round must provide their submission in English.
  • Get more details here.

Inquiries

Contact ideasforaction2015@gmail.com

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