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Announcing the 2016 World Bank #Blog4Dev contest winners!

Diarietou Gaye's picture
Hearty congratulations to the winners of the 2016 #Blog4Dev contest!

This year’s #Blog4Dev topic was about increasing opportunities for young people in Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda, and more than 1300 young people between the ages of 18-28 from those countries submitted blog posts with their ideas. Of those, five writers stood out: 

In Kenya, Mercy Anyango Okoth and Mr. Jeremiah Kerongo Riro, from Uganda, Fiona Komusana and Mr. Stephen Katende, and from Rwanda, Dominique Uwase Alonga. These winners will join me, Yasser El Gammal and Christina Malmberg Calvo - country managers of Rwanda and Uganda respectively, at the 2016 Spring Meetings on April 12-17, 2016, in Washington, D.C. 

To choose the winners, the blogs were reviewed by a number of World Bank staff who narrowed down an average of 10 finalists who were interviewed last month. They won in part because we were impressed by their blog posts, but also because they would bring an unusual perspective and passion to the trip.

Their winning blogs will be uploaded onto the World Bank Group blog site Nasikiliza starting this April. They will also be invited by their respective country offices for a conversation thereafter. In the meantime, here’s a little more about them:

  • Mercy Anyango Okoth, 19, is a third year Student of Strathmore University who is passionate about finance. Read her blog | See her video
  • Jeremy Kerongo Riro, 25, is a Bachelor of Commerce graduate of University of Nairobi, and a business consultant supporting start-ups and growth stage businesses. Read his blog | See his video
  • Fiona Komusana, 25, is a third year Law student at Mukono University, and an experienced blogger who writes about current affairs. Read her blog | See her video
  • Stephen Katende, 25, works in a rural Lwengo District, and is currently a fellow with ‘Building Tomorrow’s Youth,’ a program that creates incubation centers in various districts in Uganda. Read his blog | See his video
Rwanda Congratulations also to the following Blog4Dev finalists:
Kenya: Susan Mungai; Hosea Chelugo, Samuel Karanja; Stephen Mwangi, and Kelvin Githinji
Uganda: Namugga K. Rutwama; Ronald Nyakahuma, and Namwiza Ritah
Rwanda: Christian Rubagenga, Joselyne K. Uwayo, Francis Mugume and Twagirayezu Asumani