Ideas for Action Competition 2017, USA


December 31, 2016


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About Ideas for Action

We are a platform connecting young leaders all around the world who have valuable thoughts and ideas about the 2030 Development Agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals, and any other topic related to the future development of our world. We hope to engage young people to contribute their own voice to the conversation. Interactions happen virtually, over social media networks, and in person. Every year, Ideas for Action and its partners host events all around the world where you can meet people from your own region who are passionate about global development.

We want YOU to join the conversation. We want YOU to change the world.

APAC Ideas for Action, Hong Kong

Ideas For Action is pleased to acknowledge the establishment of the APAC I4A Youth Initiative. Under the auspices of the Ideas for Action program at the Wharton Business School and World Bank, this budding organization links students who want to join global conversations regarding the SDGs and post 2015 development agenda and make a difference in the world.

The APAC I4A Youth Initiative provides a knowledge transfer platform for students to air their thoughts, get constructive feedback, and source potential partners or other forms of aid as they transform their ideas into action. It is also a channel for information sharing between students and professional advisers or mentors. Founded with the goal of empowering youth through knowledge sharing, the APAC I4A Youth Initiative will enhance the visibility of APAC young generation worldwide and provide a united richer pool of talent in pursuit of common goals.

Ideas for Action 14-18

Inspired by the Ideas for Action competition for people ages 18 to 35, the Ideas for Action 14-18 program exposes high school students ages 14 to 18 to the many poverty issues our world faces today. Through the Zicklin Center of the Wharton School and within the I4A Initiative, Ideas for Action 14-18 will serve as both a learning opportunity and a platform for young people to express their ideas for the financing of poverty related issues within the confines of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Post 2015 Development Agenda.

For questions please reach out to:

Alexi Kalsi (British International School of Washington, DC):
Benjamin Laufer (Taft School, CT):
Stefan Rodic (Washington International School, DC):

Welcome to the 2017 Competition!

We are excited to host the third global Ideas for Action Competition. Every year, students and young professionals from around the world participate to design ideas for financing and implementing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. 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.

Your Proposal

We highly encourage you to submit an executive summary (1-2 pages). This way, we will be able to provide you with direct feedback that you can use to write your final proposal. Your executive summary should include the following:

  • Title and team name
  • Explanation of the problem and context: Briefly describe the problem that your proposal is addressing.
  • Your solution: Succinctly describe your idea (including design, target population, stakeholders, incentives, and implementation)
  • Expected impact: Why is it relevant?


We encourage you to submit an Executive Summary of your proposal by December 31, 2016. After a first round review process, you will receive feedback and an invitation to submit your full proposals by February 28. Alternatively, you can elect to skip the executive summary stage and submit a full proposal by February 28:

  • Deadline for submitting Executive Summaries: December 31, 2016
  • Deadline for full proposal submissions: February 28, 2017
  • Announcement of submissions selected for the final round: March 21, 2017
  • Deadline for final submissions: April 17, 2017

Registration and Submission

Eligibility: Students and young professionals between the ages of 14-18 years and 18-35 years from around the world are invited participate.

Team Registration: Teams must consist of two to six members and may be formed across different schools, institutions, companies, countries, nationalities etc. Please register your teams prior to submitting your proposal. You will then receive all relevant updates regarding the competition and our upcoming events.

Submission: Proposals should be submitted directly to the I4A email account ( in Microsoft Word or PDF format. Please name your file as follows: “2017_Country_TeamName”.

For more official information click "Further official information" below and register for the competition.

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December 14, 2016