IMF announces 2020 Annual Meetings Youth Fellowship Contest Winners

During the 2020 Annual Meetings, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) welcomed 26 bloggers/vloggers, journalists, communications experts, young professionals, and students to participate in the first series of the IMF Youth Fellowship Contest, which included a training program on media and video storytelling with discussions on current global economic issues including inclusive growth, inequality, fintech, and climate change.

The 2020 IMF Youth Fellowship Contest provided 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 had a firsthand experience of the IMF virtual Annual Meetings and participated in virtual training led by IMF experts and media professionals from the Financial Times, Politico, and CNBC Digital 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, the fellows were tasked with entering a short video or article that answered the following question: What policy priorities must be considered to address the current crisis and thus build a path towards a greener and more equal recovery that creates more jobs and opportunities for youth?

After reviewing the entries we are happy to announce the 4 winners

Mary-Jean Nleya (Botswana)- Topic: A Digitally Transformed Economic Recovery that Works for African Youth

Krithiga Narayanan (India)- Topic: Gender Inclusive Policies for a Faster Recovery

Cynthia Nyongesa (Kenya) – Topic: Policies to Create Jobs and Opportunities for African Youth

Alex Segura (Spain) – Topic: Can Fintech Companies Help Close the Gender Gap in Financial Inclusion?

The winners will participate in a panel discussion and have their video or article featured on IMF Finance and Development Online.