World Bank World Development Report (WDR) 2019 student Competition on the Changing Nature of Work ($USD 5,000 cash prize)

The next World Bank World Development Report (WDR) 2019 will addressThe Changing Nature of Work.For the first time since the World Bank began publishing the WDR in 1978, the writing process has been completely transparent and open to the public. Every Friday afternoon, the latest draft is uploaded to the World Bank website, so that anyone with internet access has an opportunity to read it and engage with the team of authors.  As part of this process, the World Bank has launched a competition for university and college students to submit examples of governments, cities, firms, individuals, or any other actor taking advantage of opportunities created by technology and “the future of work”.

The Theme:

The 2019 World Development Report studies how the nature of work is changing as a result of advances in technology today. While technology improves overall living standards, the process can be disruptive. A new social contract is needed to smooth the transition and guard against inequality. As a first priority, significant investments in human capital throughout a person’s lifecycle are vital to ensure workers stay competitive against machines.

The Prizes:

  • The three best examples will be awarded prizes of $5,000 and be considered for inclusion in the final report.
  • Winners will be announced on October 1, 2018.


  • Participants may submit up to three different examples.
  • Only one prize will be awarded per participant.
  • The total description for each example may be up to 400 words long, including a suggestion as to where in the report the example would best fit.
  • Any subject or style is welcome, though the example should fit within the narrative of the current draft of the report and illustrate the issues discussed.
  • Supporting data, literature, policy documents, weblinks, etc. should be referenced in the description in order for the WDR team to establish the veracity of the example.
  • The competition is open to students from all countries, but entries must be written in English.
  • The judges’ verdict is final.
  • Examples cannot be altered or changed after they have been entered. No correspondence will be entered into once work has been submitted.
  • Any example submitted may be published in the final World Development Report 2019.
  • Examples received after August 31 2018 will not be considered.


  • The judges will select examples for publication based on their treatment of the “Changing Nature of Work” theme and on their relevance to the messages in the report.
  • The World Bank looks forward to reading examples from your country. We are accepting entries now until the competition ends on August 31 2018.


To enter the competition, prepare a brief summary of your example (maximum 400 words per example, three per participant) and send to [email protected]. Please include your full name and nationality in the cover email.

Click here to read more about the competition

Application Deadline: August 31 2018.

Thank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!

Are you interested in receiving the latest grant, funding, and business opportunities? Join our newsletter for free and stay updated!

Click here to join our newsletter

Join our community:

Join our WhatsApp group

Join our Telegram group

Join our Facebook group

About The Author

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Scroll to Top

Funding Opportunities & Resources to Grow Your Business

Join the Funding and Business Resources Masterlist and unlock daily emails with access to the latest funding opportunities, business resources, and tools to plan, start, and grow your business.

We take your privacy seriously and will never share your personal information with third parties!