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LIDC joins Final Jury of World Bank International Essay Competition on migration

Anna Marry, LIDC’s Communications Manager, participated in the Final Jury of the World Bank International Essay Competition held on 31 May 2011 as part of the Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics (ABCDE) in Paris.
Eight finalists – students from Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Costa Rica, India, Ukraine, Haiti, Malaysia and Philippines, selected from among 1,900 contestants, presented their essays to an international jury panel consisting of representatives from multilateral agencies, NGOs and academia. LIDC was representing academia, alongside the Paris East University and Jadavpur University, India.
The International Essay Competition, running annually from 2004, encourages young people under 25 years of age to share their views on pressing development issues and to suggest youth-led solutions. This year’s topic was migration: how it affects young people and what can be done to broaden opportunities for youth in both receiving and sending countries.
LIDC was part of a Steering Committee that determined the 2011 topic and reviewed the 1,900 essays from 150 countries submitted for the competition.
‘I read more than 250 essays in two weeks. - says Anna Marry of LIDC. – It was hard work, but also very rewarding. I was impressed by the intellectual depth and moved by the passion shining through many entries.'
On 31 May, the finalists gave brief oral presentations of their essays and the jury chose three winners. Arpitha Kodiveri won the first prize for her well-researched and passionate work on tribal migration in India. The second prize went to Fernando Chaves Espinach, who wrote about how youth activism can bridge the gap between Costa Ricans and Nicaraguan migrants. Dorothy Mhlanga from Zimbabwe was placed third for her moving account of the lives of Zimbabweans in South Africa, and her innovative idea of using new media to spread information to new migrants. 
The Award Ceremony took place on 1 June during a plenary session of the Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics (ABCDE). This three-day conference, organised by the World Bank, OECD and the French government, focused on the theme of ‘Broadening Opportunities for Development’. The event featured prominent academics, including Amartya Sen of Harvard University, who gave a speech on development, growth and democracy. The claim that growth alone is not sufficient resonated throughout the conference, with presentations focusing on inequality, gender and the role of cultural norms in the development process. Two LIDC members, Chris Cramer of SOAS and Kelly Dickson of the IoE, presented their research at parallel sessions of the ABCDE.