Results 2017: Congratulations to our winners and participants!

We are excited to present the results for the Ideas for Action competition 2017. Ideas for Action, a joint project of the World Bank Group and the Carol and Lawrence Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research at the Wharton School, invited students and young professionals from around the world to share their ideas for financing and implementing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Each proposal went through an extensive and intricate evaluation process. After three independent review stages, a final panel consisting of senior World Bank, Wharton, and private sector executives decided on the final ranking. Winners were selected based on the exceptional clarity, significance, creativity, and feasibility of their ideas.

Hence, without further ado, here are the results:

FIRST PLACE: Kitovu Technology Company

A web based input warehousing system that can collect, analyze and aggregate soil and geolocation data to match the right soil types and fertilizers for every crop.
Kitovu also provides a marketplace for farm produce so as to increase crop yields by reducing post-harvest losses. Ten years from now, it wouldn’t matter if you are a farmer, a processor, or input manufacturer; if you require high quality inputs and produce that is traceable in Sub-Saharan Africa, you would just have to Kitovu it!

Lear more on their website.

SECOND PLACE: Gifted Hands Network

Gifted Hands Network aims at reducing breast cancer deaths among women in Uganda and increasing their employability by training and certifying them as medical tactile examiners for early detection and prevention of breast cancer. Uganda has over 1.6 million people who suffer from visual impairment and as a result are stigmatized, marginalized and left unemployed. However, the visually impaired are gifted with a heightened sense of touch which can enable them to early detect breast cancer once medically trained.

Lear more on their website.

THIRD PLACE: Agratam India

Agratam currently works in the state of Bihar to convert low-lying and unproductive waterlogged wastelands into profitable fish farming units. The project primarily aims to provide sustainable employment opportunities to the members of the extremely poor rural communities, who do not have access to a consistent and stable source of income. Bihar is home to more than 9,000 square kilometers of low-lying, waterlogged wasteland and 80 percent of it’s population lives under the poverty line of $1. Of those, 15 million are fishermen by trade.

Lear more on their website.

Moreover, we would like to recognize all the participants of the 2017 competition for sharing their commendable ideas.


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