The inaugural Ideas for Action 14-18 competition came to a successful end on February 29th, 2016. Students from throughout the United States researched and put together proposals on alleviating poverty and stimulating economic growth in developing nations.
Out of the many impressive submissions, the Ideas for Action 14-18 reviewal team believed that the following six proposals particularly stood out:
- “Rating Charitable Effectiveness in the Private Sector” by Anatoly and Gyorgy Brevnov
- “Using micro financing to invest in new, more efficient, technologies in the agricultural sector of India as a means to reduce rural poverty” by Aislinn Bratt, Rhea Chitakki, and Megan Nuggihalli
- “Bringing Nigerian Finance into the 21st Century: Government Credit Scores as a Tool to Increase Tax Revenues” by Andrew Castle, Lisa Corn, and Emily Katsiff
- “Investing in Small Farms, Investing in Our Planet’s Future: A Solution to Food Insecurity in Ethiopia” by Benjamin Laufer, Zach Mariani, and Lauren Pelosi
- “Knowledge is Power: How Increasing Financial Literacy Amongst Central American Migrant Workers to the United States Could Drastically Improve Remittance Efficiency, Reduce their Costs, and Stimulate Economic Growth” by Nicolas Ubide and Julian Klingen
- “Extending the Human Dimension of Philanthropy: Efficiently Mobilizing Youth to Volunteer in East Africa” by Ishar Alexander Kalsi and Alexandra Godron
We congratulate the six finalists and sends warm thanks to each of the participating teams, all of whose hard work and dedication to their research brightly shined through their essays. We have received very positive feedback on the competition from several competing teams who all felt that they learned invaluable knowledge from their research. Whether a team was chosen to be a finalist or not, each competitor left the competition with a better understanding of the world and its current problems. We look forward to the finalist luncheon, as well as the continued involvement of the finalists in the upcoming years of the competition.
Max, Madison, and Stefan