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Apply! A Call to Youth to Contribute Ideas on Financing the Post-2015 Agenda

world bankThe World Bank Group and the Wharton School of Business are co-sponsoring “Ideas for Action,” a competition to mobilize youth across the development community to invent, foster, and inspire innovative solutions to financing development post-2015.

Nearly half the world’s population is under 25 – 2.9 billion people. Today’s youth will be responsible for delivering the post-2015 development agenda, also known as the Sustainable Development Goals, which will replace the Millennium Development Goals when they expire at the end of 2015. The new goals will be more ambitious, covering a broad range of interconnected issues, from sustainable economic growth to social issues to global public goods. To realize this vision, an equally ambitious plan for financing and implementation is needed.

Teams are self-selected and made up of three to five members, ages ranging from 18 to 35 years old. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 31, 2015. Finalists will be announced on April 5, 2015, and the winners on March 30, 2015. Winners will be given an opportunity to influence the post-2015 financing discussions and its implementation.

Solution Areas

Teams are invited to focus on one of the issues below and develop a creative yet realistic and implementable solution that will increase the financing available and/or improve the efficiency and effectiveness of existing funds. Another possibility is to select more than one issue, and develop a solution that is based on blended sources of finance.

Domestic Resource Mobilization: improving the ability of countries to collect and direct public resources generated from taxes and/or improve efficiency of public spending. Areas of particular relevance are (i) tax policy and collection; (ii) harnessing sustainable streams of revenue from natural resources; (iii) subsidy reform; and (iv) improving public sector procurement practices.

  • Examples of submission topics: “Restructuring mineral extraction contracts in Sub-Saharan Africa to provide more sustainable social benefit and financial return;” “Subsidizing crops of the future: how a change in agricultural subsidies in one South American country can be a lesson to others.”

Better and Smarter Aid: improving how aid is structured and disbursed in light of a rapidly changing donor environment. Areas of particular relevance are (i) improving aid disbursement models; (ii) improving aid transparency and accountability; and (iii) integrating private philanthropy and global funds into the greater aid agenda.

  • Examples of submission topics: “A new model for recipient-centric accountability mechanisms in ODA loan programs;” “Using different results metrics to improve aid project outcomes.”

International Private Finance: improving business environments to attract investment. Areas of particular relevance are: (i) creating policies that encourage investment, particularly in long time infrastructure; and (ii) mainstreaming the use of guarantees and risk insurance.

  • Examples of submission topics: “Co-financing arrangements as a means to increased roadway investment in Sub-Saharan Africa”; “Taxes, construction regulation, and urban sewage reform in Southeast Asia”; “improving project cycle and investment environment to attract institutional investors including sovereign wealth funds”; “Implementing policies and mechanisms to direct remittances towards development.”

Domestic Private Sector:  mobilizing domestic private capital. Areas of particular relevance are (i) creating an enabling environment for business creation and growth; (ii) increasing access to finance, greater financial inclusion for households and SMEs; and (iii) developing domestic capital markets.

  • Example of submission topics: “A new type of aid: improving small and medium-sized enterprise access to financing via novel national-scale loan instruments.”

Business and Development Innovations: improving business environments in developing economies via innovative private/public partnership models. Areas of particular relevance are: (i) grafting and implementing business-led collective action initiatives; and (ii) innovative models of delivering aid using private sector capabilities and public sector resources.

  • Examples of submission topics: “A novel model for new-country investment: using public funds to limit fixed costs of electronic equipment manufacturing;” “Limiting private-public corruption with new public awareness tools in Central Asia.”

For more information about the first four options, see the World Bank Paper on Finance for Development Post-2015. For more information about the fifth option, see the Wharton Zicklin Center Business Development & Innovation site.

To submit your proposal for financing the post-2015 agenda, please visit: http://www.zicklincenter.org/#!ideascompetition/ccl3

Call for Proposal! World Bank’s SIEF Call for Proposals for Basic Education

Application Deadline: 30 January 2015 at 6pm (1800 hrs) Eastern Standard Time (EST)

The World Bank’s Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund (SIEF) is a a partnership program promoting evidence-based policy making in human development. It is currently accepting proposals for the “effectively engaging non-state actors in basic education.”

The purpose of this call is to promote the expansion and quality of primary and secondary education services in developing countries through non-state actors (ranging from for-profit private schools to NGO operated schools, and faith-based providers). The thematic focus on non-state actors was also part of previous SIEF calls for proposals launched in 2012 and 2013 (both closed). SIEF expects to be able to finance 1-to-3 additional impact evaluations in this area as part of the current 2014 Call.

Impact evaluations of World Bank supported programs are welcome, but no program affiliation with the World Bank or the funding organizations is required. While the call is focused on the impact of programs for low-income countries, research in middle-income countries will be considered as long as results will be clearly relevant to low-income countries.

This call is being funded through the British Government’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the London-based Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), which focuses on promoting early childhood development and evidence-based solutions.

For more information, visit this link.

ASPMP to host #NYSCReforms Project in Calabar!

For more than 38 years, the National Youth Service Corps has deployed more than One million youth graduates across Nigeria in an effort to promote National integration, cross culture, mutual understanding and service amongst Nigerian youth.

 

Since inception, the decree setting up the National Youth Service Corps has only once been modified through decree 51 of June 1993.

 

Nigeria’s current challenges of unemployment, poverty, infrastructural challenges and recent violence in parts of Nigeria has made it important to embark on a reform of the NYSC scheme to reposition it to effectively respond to these challenges and contribute to Nation building.

The NYSC reforms and Advocacy is embarking on a massive awareness, consultation, lobby and advocacy to ensure that a reform of the NYSC process is undertaken by Government and that such reforms benefit the young people that will take part in the scheme.

To this end, The AfterSchool Peer Mentoring Project in Collaboration with Digital Peers International with support from the World Bank is organizing a physical Consultative Forum on the Reforms of The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

The objective of this project is to engage young people in the process of redefining the NYSC scheme in Nigeria towards repositioning it to act as a platform for capacity building, National integration and service to the Nation.

Pre-register to attend the event, Text/call Nsa 08072024882 to express your interest in participation.

The event details are:

Date: December 14th, 2011

Time: 9.00 a.m.

Venue: Sumez Hall, #10 Grace Edet Crescent, Off Marian Road by Herty Plaza/Total Filling Station , Calabar

For Further Inquiries , please call: Donald 08062625576, Nsa – 08072024882