WIN­NERS OF #BLOG4DEV HEAD TO USA

HOME­GROWN: Now in its third year, the #Blog4dev se­ries is an ini­tia­tive of the World Bank, seek­ing to in­spire cre­ativ­ity, in­no­va­tion and prac­ti­cal so­lu­tions to some of the most press­ing de­vel­op­ment chal­lenges on the con­ti­nent

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Eight East African blog­gers from Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda will be at­tend­ing the 2018 Spring Meet­ings of the In­ter­na­tional Mon­e­tary Fund and the World Bank Group in Wash­ing­ton DC, US, from April 13-22, af­ter win­ning the 2018 #Blog4dev youth es­say com­pe­ti­tion on Gen­der Based Vi­o­lence in their re­spec­tive coun­tries.

Now in its third year, the #Blog4dev se­ries is an ini­tia­tive of the World Bank, seek­ing to in­spire cre­ativ­ity, in­no­va­tion and prac­ti­cal so­lu­tions to some of the most press­ing de­vel­op­ment chal­lenges on the con­ti­nent.

The 2018 con­test was open to Kenyan, Rwan­dese or Ugan­dan youths aged be­tween 18 and 28. The topic was, “What will it take to end Gen­der Based Vi­o­lence in your coun­try?” sub­mit­ted in a 500-word es­say. The win­ning blogs from each coun­try will be pub­lished on the World Bank Nasik­iliza blog.

The Uganda win­ners are Tendo Na­mata (26); Helda Mary Akongo (24); and Dou­glas Dubois Sema­bala (26 years).

The Uganda win­ners were recog­nised at an award cer­e­mony held on March 27 in Kampala. It was an­nounced that they will be join­ing win­ners from other re­gions in an all-ex­penses paid trip to the US and will be ac­com­pa­nied by the World Bank Uganda Coun­try of­fi­cials. They are ex­pected to share their sto­ries and meet with se­nior gov­ern­ment and World Bank of­fi­cials.

Akongo works as an op­er­a­tions and pro­grammes man­ager with Zimba Women, an or­gan­i­sa­tion that uses tech­nol­ogy to em­power women and is a GBV sur­vivor who hopes to in­spire other young women (and men) to speak out and break the si­lence against GBV.

Se­ba­mala is an ac­tor on NTV’S Se­cond Chance se­ries, and works as a pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer and mar­ket­ing man­ager for Si­lent Voices Uganda.

Na­mata works as a com­mu­nity out­reach fel­low at Build­ing To­mor­row which helps school drop outs to re­turn to school.

From Kenya, the win­ners are Patrick Githinji Muhoro, 25 a Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence in Agribusi­ness and Trade grad­u­ate from Keny­atta Univer­sity. He is pas­sion­ate about so­cial jus­tice.

Janes Amondi Owuor, 23, is a stu­dent of jour­nal­ism at the United States In­ter­na­tional Univer­sity-africa and a sex­ual vi­o­lence sur­vivor.

Be­nazir Mo­hamed Yus­suf, 22, is a Bach­e­lor of Ed­u­ca­tion stu­dent at Mount Kenya Univer­sity and runs Sil­ver Lin­ing a com­mu­nity-based or­gan­i­sa­tion ad­vo­cat­ing for young women’s rights in north­ern Kenya, es­pe­cially in the fight against fe­male gen­i­tal mu­ti­la­tion, of which she is a vic­tim.

The Rwan­dan win­ners are Messi Therese Ru­das­ingwa, 27, a grad­u­ate of De­vel­op­ment Stud­ies with a Mas­ter of Arts de­gree in Gen­der, Peace and Se­cu­rity. She works for In­ter­na­tional Ser­vice Rwanda, a Bri­tish in­ter­na­tional NGO.

Prince Arsene Muhoza, 22, is a third year stu­dent at the Univer­sity of Rwanda pur­su­ing a Bach­e­lor of Ed­u­ca­tion in Physics, and an alum­nus of the Young African Lead­ers Ini­tia­tive. He is pas­sion­ate about en­hanc­ing peo­ple’s lives through com­mu­nity teach­ing and ad­vo­cacy.

Pic: Stephen Otage

Uganda win­ners of the #Blog4dev youth es­say com­pe­ti­tion with the World Bank coun­try man­ager Christina Malm­berg Calvo, from left Dou­glas Dubois Sema­bala, Helda Mary Akongo and Tendo Na­mata.

Pic: Courtesy

One of the Kenyan win­ners, Be­nazir Mo­hamed Yus­suf

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