Wednesday, 09 November 2016 06:26

Essay Competition: How can Young People Strengthen Accountability in Achieving the SDGs?

Background of Competition:

This competition is organized and facilitated by the Reality of Aid Africa and Junior Chamber International Nairobi Chapter and will run between 1st November 2016 – 15th November 2016. The essay competition is part of efforts to curate young people’s views on the Second-High Level Meeting (HLM2) by the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC). GPEDC is an inclusive multi-stakeholder partnership that brings together the full range of development actors to ensure that finance, knowledge and policy have maximum impact on development results. The Global Partnership sustains political momentum for more effective development co-operation based on the shared principles of country ownership, focus on results, inclusive partnerships, and transparency and accountability. The Essay competition is being rolled out ahead of HLM2, which will be taking place in Nairobi from 28th November to 1st December 2016. More details on HLM2 can be found here

The competition engages students in tertiary institutions to apply their research, analytical, and writing skills, and/or personal experiences to develop captivating articles on the role young people play as active development actors. Particularly, the articles should discuss how the principle of Accountability can be strengthened towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) under the topic: “How Can Young People Strengthen Accountability in Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals?”


1.     Valuing student and youth agency for effective development cooperation.

2.     Creating awareness on development effectiveness in Kenya.

3.     Promoting the achievement of Agenda 2030 and its linkage to accountability and development effectiveness.

 Competition Timeline:



Call to Participation Disseminated

1st November – 15th November 2016

1hr Twitter Chat on Youth & Accountability

9th November 2016

Submission Deadline

15th November 2016 Midnight

Adjudication of Essays

16th November – 17th November 2016

Announcement of Winners

17th November 2016

Prize Giving during National Multi-stakeholder Meeting

18th November 2016

Guiding Questions

·         What do you understand by the terms Accountability, Sustainable Development Goals and Development Effectiveness?

·         What is the linkage between Accountability and the Sustainable Development Goals?

·         What active role can young people play in mobilizing for accountability to achieve the SDGs?


Second-High Level Meeting Brief found here

Nairobi Outcome Document found here


·         Cash Prize: Winner: KES 25,000, 1st Runners-Up KES 10,000, 2nd Runners-Up KES 5,000

·         Top 3 entries will be published on Reality of Aid website

·         Top 10 entries will receive certificates of participation

·         Prize Giving will be done during the National Multi-stakeholder meeting for HLM2 taking place on 18th November 2016


·         Open to all students enrolled in a tertiary institution - middle level college and/or university in Kenya. (Each entry must indicate Name of Entrant, Name of School and Registration Number)

·         Only one entry per student is permitted.

·         Entry should be 700 – 1000 words (excluding the footnotes, references & Bibliography), apply times new roman font 12, double spacing and one inch margins.

·         Entry must demonstrate knowledge of 2030 Agenda, Development Cooperation, and Development Effectiveness, as well as suggest ways young people can help ensure accountability to the Sustainable Development Goals.

·         Entry must be an original piece of writing i.e. not published elsewhere or submitted to other competitions. Plagiarism will lead to automatic disqualification.

·         Entry must be submitted in either Microsoft Word format or PDF Format. No other formats are acceptable


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