IMF opens Annual Youth Contest for Nigerians, others

The IMF is inviting youth aged 20-32 from across the world to enter the IMF Annual Meetings Youth Fellowship Contest. This is open to bloggers/vloggers, journalists, communications experts, young professionals and students.

The COVID-19 pandemic is likely to increase poverty and inequality, expose weaknesses in healthcare systems, weaken job prospects and opportunities that the young desperately need.

The 2020 IMF Youth Fellowship Contest provides an opportunity for young participants to become part of the global efforts to build forward better and join the IMF at the forefront of the response to the crisis. Participants will have a firsthand experience of the IMF virtual Annual Meetings. They will participate in virtual training led by IMF experts and media professionals from Politico and others to boost their skills as multimedia storytellers in the current economic environment focusing on building a better future for youth. At the end of the training, participants will submit a final piece (blog/article or video) and 4 winners will be chosen to participate in an IMF youth panel discussion and have their work featured on IMF channels.

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What: Present in video (max. 3 minutes) or text (max. 800 words) policy priorities to address the current crisis and build a path towards creating more jobs and economic opportunities for youth and a greener and more equal recovery.

To help participants gather the information they need, those selected to participate will be provided with:

A virtual capacity building program: sessions on media and video storytelling by Politico and other media outlets; discussions on current global economic issues including inclusive growth, inequality, fintech and climate change.

Access to all open seminars, press conferences and meetings. When: Interested participants must apply by September 24, 2020

Prize: Selected participants will be chosen to join the fellowship program; of those, 4 finalists will be selected to participate in a panel discussion and have their video or article featured on

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