International Youth Essay Competition 2013

CIPE is pleased to announce the winners of the fifth annual International Youth Essay competition today. This year we received more than 300 entries from 62 countries, including Belarus, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Iraq, Jamaica, Paraguay, and Russia. The three categories this year were Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Inclusive Growth, and Social Transformations. The winners were selected by an international panel of judges including CIPE’s partners from business associations, think tanks, and other international development organizations around the world, as well as CIPE staff.

Past winners have gone on to publish a book with their winnings, start a similar contest in Romania, and found an NGO in Ghana focused on youth, garnering media attention from the likes of the Wall Street Journal. Keep an eye on these rising stars as they continue a tradition of excellence.

Grand Prize winner – Democracy that Delivers for Entrepreneurs:

Chandrima Padmanabhan (India) “Entrepreneurship in India: The Evolution of the Pedestrian Pariah.” Chandrima will attend CIPE’s Democracy that Delivers for Entrepreneurs conference on April 9-10 in Chicago.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Beyond technology

1st place: Todor Raykov (Bulgaria) “To Flee or WHEN to Flee?”

2nd place: Natalia Korchagina (Russia) “Making Ideas Happen. Helping Ideas Succeed”

3rd place: Jones Cecil Ntaukira (Malawi) “The Great Miracle: Occupy Youth Entrepreneurship”

Inclusive Growth: The entrepreneurial environment for scaling up business

1st place: Obed Ankrah (Ghana) “Promoting Inclusive Growth: the Entrepreneurial Environment for  Scaling up Business”

2nd place: Anna Grishkina (Russia) “Opportunities into results”

3rd place: Ngutor Saaka (Nigeria) “Inclusive Growth: The entrepreneurial environment for scaling up business – a panacea for youth unemployment in Nigeria”

Social transformations: The role of entrepreneurs in building democratic societies

1st place:  Prince Karakire Guma (Uganda) “Fostering Democracy in Uganda: The Unexplored Contributions of Young Entrepreneurs”

2nd place: Surath Giri (Nepal) “Building Entrepreneurial Ecosystem for Fostering Entrepreneurship: Lessons from Nepal”

3rd place: Nivya Murthi (India) “Youth Social Entrepreneurship for building a stronger India”

The winning essays will continue to be published asEconomic Reform Feature Service articles, and winners will be profiled on the CIPE Development Blog in the coming months. Congratulations to the winners and everyone who entered!

This annual essay contest is organized in an effort to harness the energy, imagination and initiative of the world’s youth in promoting a culture of peace and sustainable development. It also aims to inspire society to learn from the young minds and to think about how each of us can make a difference in the world. This program is an activity of the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development.


“Education to Build a Better Future for All”

We live in a world with many complex problems, both local and global. What kind of education and learning would help us address these challenges and create a sustainable world and a better life for all? Describe your concrete ideas for an ideal education.


The Goi Peace Foundation


The following awards will be given in the Children’s category and Youth category respectively:

  • 1st Prize: Certificate and prize of 100,000 Yen (approx. US$840 as of January 2016)… 1 entrant
  • 2nd Prize: Certificate and prize of 50,000 Yen (approx. US$420 as of January 2016)… 2 entrants
  • 3rd Prize: Certificate and gift… 5 entrants
  • Honourable Mention: Certificate and gift… 25 entrants
  • 1st prize winners will be invited to the award ceremony in Tokyo, Japan scheduled for November 2016 and will receive the Minister of Education Award. (Travel expenses will be covered by the organizer.)
  • Additional awards (Recognition for Effort, Best School Award, and School Incentive Award) will be given if applicable.
  • All prize winners will be announced by the end of October 2016 on the Goi Peace Foundation web site ( Certificates and gifts will be mailed to the winners in December 2016.


June 15, 2016 (23:59 your local time)


  • Essays may be submitted by anyone up to 25 years old (as of June 15, 2016) in one of the following age categories:
    a) Children (ages up to 14)
    b) Youth (ages 15 – 25)
  • Essays must be 700 words or less in English, French, Spanish or German, or 1600 characters or less in Japanese, excluding essay title. Essays may be typed or printed.
  • Essays must have a cover page indicating (1) category (Children or Youth) (2) essay title (3) your name (4) address (5) phone number (6) e-mail (7) nationality (8) age as of June 15, 2016 (9) gender (10) school name (if applicable) (11) word count.
  • Teachers and youth directors may submit a collection of essays from their class or group.
  • Please enclose a list of participants’ names, ages and the name and contact information of the submitting teacher or director.
  • Entries missing any of the above information will not be considered.
  • Please note that the organizer is unable to confirm receipt of essays or answer individual inquiries concerning contest results.
  • Entries may be submitted by postal mail or online.
  • IMPORTANT: To send your essay online, you must go to the online registration page and follow the required steps.
  • Essays must be original and unpublished. Plagiarized entries will be rejected.
  • Essays must be written by one person. Co-authored essays are not accepted.
  • Copyright of the essays entered will be assigned to the organizer
  • Entries must be received by June 15, 2016 (23:59 your local time)
  • Please send your entries to: International Essay Contest c/o The Goi Peace Foundation 1-4-5 Hirakawacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0093 Japan. OR send online.


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