February 29, 2020





2020 Ideas for Action Competition

Ideas for Action provides students and young professionals from around the world with a unique opportunity to help shape the international development agenda and to take an active role in changing the world.

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A joint program of the World Bank Group and the Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research at the Wharton School, Ideas for Action is a knowledge platform connecting young leaders all around the world who are passionate about the sustainability development of our world.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Economics,
  • Business,
  • Management & Finance,
  • Education,
  • Energy,
  • Environment,
  • Human Rights,
  • Society,
  • Tourism,
  • Transportation & Communication.

Required Languages

English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, or Arabic.

Eligible Countries


Program Period

  • Announcement of submissions selected for the final round: Early April 2020
  • Announcement of winners: May 31, 2020

Note: Teams may be asked to amend their proposals for the final round if recommended by the jury.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

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

Opportunity Cost


Winners of the competition will

  • present their ideas during the IMF & World Bank Annual Meetings,
  • receive support from a dedicated startup accelerator at the Wharton School, and
  • benefit from unique networking opportunities with other young leaders as well as some of the most senior decision-makers in international development, academia, and the private sector.

How to Apply

First Step: Fill in the online application.

Second Step: Register from here.

Third Step: After registration, fill out your personal and team information.


  • See information about the 2018 winners here and about 2019 winners here
  • We recommend that all teams register and sign up to receive the latest information on I4A programs and events leading up to the competition deadline.
  • The finalists and winners will be selected by a panel of academics and experienced development professionals from public and private sector institutions.

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This Scholarship Published by:
Rahma Sabry/ Egypt

Reviewed by” Mohamed Karam / Egypt 
MARJ3 Intern
MARJ3 Scholarships team