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Students and Youth

Youth are among the most concerned and passionate development advocates, yet it can be difficult to know how to get started in the field, and how to make a difference. Check out the information below, explore the issues, find the facts, and get involved.

Development Issues Seminars

Development Issues Seminars  Since March 2005, Canadian students and the World Bank have organized seminars on key development topics. Check out a recent event: Munk School of Global Affairs Graduate Student Conference - Empty Stomachs and Loaded Rifles: Food Scarcity and Global Security. Stay tuned for upcoming seminars!

Collaboration with Developing


Launched in 2003, the Youth, Development and Peace Network has chapters all over the world.

Please visit the North American YDP chapter.


but do you know? Visit youthink, the site created by young people at the World Bank, for youth everywhere, and find out. It's also a great resource for teachers!

Getting to Know the WB

Written by youth, Getting to Know the World Bank: A Guide for Young People [PDF, 853KB, free online] describes the World Bank and its role in development.


Conflict, Security, and Development: WDR 2011

The World Development Report highlights a different development theme each year. In 2011, it examines the changing nature of violence in the 21st century, and underlines the negative impact of repeated cycles of violence on a country or region’s development prospects. Read summaries or the full text here.

Share Your University Papers

Share your university papers!

Have you written a university paper about the World Bank? Would you like to have it published on our site?

Visit the Share University Papers site to find out how.

Essay Competition

International Essay Competition

The World Bank holds and annual essay competitions on development issues for young people.

See the Essay Competition website for this year's theme and timeline.

Visit the BankVisit the World Bank

Would you like to visit the World Bank's main offices in Washington, DC? Email the Speakers Bureau and ask about a School Briefing.

Children and Youth

Children and Youth Team

Learn about the World Bank’s Children and Youth Strategy and Programs.


Explore Sustainable Development 

DEPweb is a resource for students and teachers on sustainable development topics.

Right To PlayRight To Play uses sport and play to improve health, build life skills, and foster peace for children and communities affected by war, poverty, and disease. Meet the Right To Play Athlete Ambassadors and learn how you can contribute. 
TakingITGlobalInspire, inform, involve. Learn and connect with thousands of young people from around the world through TIG’s online community and get inspired to make a difference offline. 
YEP CanadaAre you a Young Environmental Professional? Join the club. YEP is national, volunteer organization dedicated to promoting opportunities for young and emerging environmental and sustainability professionals. 
CIDA Youth Zone

The Canadian International Development Agency's Youth Zone is a great portal with many opportunities for young people to get involved in the development field.

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