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5 Things You Need to Know About the World Bank Group Youth Summit 2014

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The World Bank Group Youth Summit 2014 is more than just an event — it is the start of a movement.

1. Who we are and who has already joined the movement. The Youth Summit is made up of a forward-moving and results-oriented body of young people. Supported by Bank Group senior management under President Jim Kim, the summit has revitalized the Bank Group’s engagement in global youth-related issues. This year’s summit is in response to the challenge from youth around the world for more open and transparent governments. As youth have the most to lose by inheriting these systems, the summit has partnered with the UN Secretary General’s Envoy for Youth and the World Bank Group Governance global practice.

2. Online Community: Engage with others before, during, and after the event. If you are excited about the summit and would like to build even more momentum by connecting with others, you are not alone! This year we have created an online community on the Collaboration for Development platform to offer a way for individuals and institutions to connect with each other in preparation for the Summit and stay in touch beyond the one-day event. The platform provides youth an opportunity to: 

  • Propose innovative ideas and/or strategies on how youth can help curtail corruption and help governments become more open and responsive;
  • Interact with corruption, governance, and strategy experts;
  • Participate in interactive discussions; and Access resources and materials.
Join the community today!

3. Youth Action for Governance Crowd Map: Showcase your work and learn what other youth are doing to build more open and responsive governance. In the C4D platform, you will also find an interactive map that uses the concept of crowd-sourcing to provide a real-time visual database of ongoing and recently completed youth projects in this field. This exercise is designed to flip top-down information flows and collaboratively build a global network of young change-makers. In addition to facilitating youth-to-youth knowledge exchange and improving the coordination of those working in this space, the map aims to build a better public evidence base on the role youth are playing in solving these types of pressing development challenges.

4. Workshops: Youth, more than ever now, are ready and have the incentive to seize the necessary tools to become actively engaged in the open government process. That is why this year’s summit will focus on transparency, accountability, and collaboration. Organized as sponsorships from world-leading organizations, such as the World Bank Group’s Governance global practice, Asian Development Bank, Restless Development, Carter Center, Global Partnership for Social Responsibility, and Plan International, the workshops will equip youth with tailored skill-building exercises and action-oriented toolkits.

5. Take action; get involved. The World Bank Group Summit 2014 is in response to your most pressing development challenges today. Take action and get involved. Spread the word through your social media platforms and collaborate. Collaboration is a two-way street. If we expect to see results, we need to take the matter into our own hands and put forth the innovative ideas that need to be heard by our more senior peers and governments.

Tweet or post your ideas on Facebook using the #wbgyouthsummit hashtag and don’t forget that corruption requires silence. So speak up at the World Bank Group Youth Summit in October.

Follow the event LIVE on Tuesday, Oct. 7: The morning session of the World Bank Group Youth Summit will be live-streamed on World Bank Live. Subscribe now to receive a notification before the event starts:


Submitted by Uchenna Felix Ogharu on

Like minds make better change, lets hold the bull by the horn as we make this drastic change for good.
the generation count on us!