Call for Participation in WDR 2019 Competition | World Development Report 2019
Accepting Entries Now through 31 August 2018 for the World Bank's Competition on the Changing Nature of Work.
The next World Bank World Development Report (WDR) 2019 will address The Changing Nature of Work. For the first time since the World Bank began publishing the WDR in 1978, the writing process has been completely transparent and open to the public. Every Friday afternoon, the latest draft is uploaded to the World Bank website, so that anyone with internet access has an opportunity to read it and engage with the team of authors. As part of this process, the World Bank has launched a competition for university and college students to submit examples of governments, cities, firms, individuals, or any other actor taking advantage of opportunities created by technology and "the future of work".
The Prizes: The three best examples will be awarded prizes of $5,000 and be considered for inclusion in the final report.
Winners will be announced on October 1, 2018.
The 2019 World Development Report studies how the nature of work is changing as a result of advances in technology today. While technology improves overall living standards, the process can be disruptive. A new social contract is needed to smooth the transition and guard against inequality. As a first priority, significant investments in human capital throughout a person's lifecycle are vital to ensure workers stay competitive against machines. Second, the changing nature of work demands updates to social protection systems. Traditional provisions of social protection based on steady wage employment, clear definitions of employers and employees, as well as a fixed point of retirement are increasingly obsolete. Third, governments will need additional revenues to fund the investments demanded by the changing nature of work. Governments can generate such revenues through a mix of existing taxes (increases in rates or widening of the tax base), the introduction of new taxes, and improvements in tax administration.
The judges will select examples for publication based on their treatment of the "Changing Nature of Work" theme and on their relevance to messages in the report.
We look forward to reading examples from your country. We are accepting entries now until the competition ends on August 31 2018.
Submit Your Example Today! To enter the competition, prepare a brief summary of your example (maximum 400 words per example, three per participant) and send to email@example.com. Please include your full name and nationality in the cover email.