Announcing the 2020 Ideas For Action Competition

The World Bank Group and the Zicklin Center at Wharton are pleased to host the 2020 Ideas for Action (I4A) competition, which engages young people (18-35 years old) to develop innovative solutions in support of the implementation of the SDGs ( ). Note that the Competition Guidelines for 2020 will mirror those for 2019 ( Please note that the deadline for submission has been extended to March 22nd, 2020. Due to the increased interest, in 2019 we received 3,100 applications from 142 countries and territories, and more than 7,000 registered teams, we are moving to a new platform for registration and applications submission, which will be available in the second half of November.

The Sustainable Development Goals

On September 25, 2015, the UN General Assembly adopted a new set of global development goals. All member countries are now using these objectives to frame their development agendas and political policies over the next 15 years.

Youth engagement throughout the design and implementation of the SDGs is critical for their success. The innovative and fresh ideas it takes to tackle the new challenges the world faces will most likely come from the youth.


Giving Young Leaders a Voice in the Global Development Conversation

Ideas for Action provides students and young professionals from around the world with a unique opportunity to help shape the international development agenda and to take an active role in changing the world.

A joint program of the World Bank Group and the Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research at the Wharton School, Ideas for Action is a knowledge platform connecting young leaders all around the world who are passionate about the future development of our world.

We host an annual competition during which youths from around the world design ideas for financing the UN’s  new development agenda. The competition acts as a catalyst to spark global conversation among millenials and seeks to encourage them to contribute their own voice to the development conversation.

We want you to join this conversation. We want you to change the world.

Innovative Ideas

Developing innovative ideas that positively shape both the policy and business ecosystem, thus providing an enabling environment where novel ideas can flourish and a too narrow focus on “business plans” can be avoided.


Influencing leading development, public policy, and business leaders so that they can make more informed decisions that also reflect the inspiration and dedication of young people and their leadership and entrepreneurial spirit.


We strive to move from innovative ideas to actionable solutions. We seek to develop scalable partnership models in the fields of entrepreneurship, finance, development economics, technology, health, education, and environment.


Providing young leaders from around the world with access to knowledge, networking opportunities, mentorship, opportunities to connect with like minded youths, a dedicated incubator, and potential financing opportunities.

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