Introducing #Blog4Dev’s 2019 youth winners and their solutions to closing Africa’s digital divide

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Last October, I participated in End Poverty Day (EPD)  from the Zambia Country Office, where I had the opportunity to exchange with a host of young brilliant minds from Zambia and around the continent. It left me full of energy and a renewed sense of hope for Africa. Since then, I have made it a point to speak to youth on every country visit, most recently meeting with young techpreneurs in Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, and Senegal. I can’t help but think to myself after every meeting, what phenomenal potential these young people represent for Africa! 
Ensuring that Africa’s youth are healthy, highly skilled, and ready to take on the challenges of the 21st century is central to our mission at the World Bank. As digital technologies continue to drive our economies, it is imperative that Africa’s young people are tooled with the right skills and mindset to enable their success in the digital age.
There is no doubt in my mind that today’s young and energetic generation of Africans is capable of innovating technologies and solutions to address many of the continent’s challenges that will help spur the continent’s economic growth.
In this spirit, we launched a continent-wide #Blog4Dev competition in November last year, asking youth in Africa to help us answer the question: What will it take to enhance the skills needed to prepare Africa’s youth for the digital economy and the future of work?  Scaled up to cover 48 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, the competition was open to all Africans between the ages of 18 and 28 and resulted in 32 winning blogs that will be published on a newly dedicated blog platform entitled “Youth Transforming Africa”.
On behalf of the entire Africa Region of the World Bank, I want to convey my heartiest congratulations to these articulate, creative, and innovative young thinkers for the stellar ideas they have shared with us.  Their ideas range from creating research centers dedicated to robotics and artificial intelligence to overhauling education systems to reflect the growing need for digital technologies. In the words of one of the winners: “We have to start redefining cool.  The new cool is disruptive entrepreneurship and creating a sustainable ecosystem for it.” 
I look forward to meeting this vibrant group at the upcoming World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund’s Spring Meetings. Their all-expenses-paid trip to Washington DC to attend the Spring Meetings is part of the winning package, giving them the chance to interact with World Bank teams directly and engage them on issues covered in their blogs – in this case, closing the digital divide.
Please join me in congratulating #Blog4Dev’s 2019 winners: 


Top Blogger


Henriques Francisco Ngolome


Kelvin Nonvignon Adantchede


Ephraim Modise

Burkina Faso

Abdoul Fataph Priva Belem


Guy Tresor Ntwari


Christabel Alpholung Ngwashi


Isabelle Memadji

Congo Republic

Amour Freddy Bilombo Bazedimba

Côte d’Ivoire

Nafiisa Adjoua N'Guessan

DR Congo

Hervé Mukulu Vulotwa


Olansis Mulugeta Wolde


Dinah Recheal Blankson


Mohamed Alimou Diallo


Jackton Oduor Badia


Khothatso Everestus Kolobe


Livio Totozafy


Wrixon Mpanang'ombe


Ousmane Traoré


Rabiatou Harouna Moussa


Damilola Adeniran


Sandrine Bwiza


Ndèye Anta Diouck

Sierra Leone

Tholoma Sumah


Yasmin Ali Gedi

South Africa

Tlogang Otsile Ketumile Makgwanya Mosupye

South Sudan

Daniel Athior Atem Manyuon


Moneera Yassien


Alice Ahadi Magaka


Ayi Renaud Dossavi-Alipoeh


Pearl Denise Agasha


Musopa Kalenga


Tatenda Magetsi



Hafez Ghanem

Former World Bank Vice President, Eastern and Southern Africa

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