Private Sector Enterprises Essay Contest

Do you know of innovative Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) in emerging markets that are delivering better services for people? We’re trying to find out about more of these examples through a Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) Short Stories Competition.

Experience shows that well-designed PPPs can be an important development tool, and can enhance delivery of basic infrastructure services to those who need it most. By allocating risks between public and private parties, introducing new technology and improving operational efficiencies, PPPs can help governments maximize the effectiveness of scarce public funding.

We also know that some PPPs haven’t met expectations. And we know that PPPs are not a panacea for solving all gaps in services. They need to be used selectively. So we’re trying to identify and share lessons from successful PPPs around the world, so that governments, civil society, consumers, investors and the environment can all benefit.  

We’re sure that there are many good stories out there that not enough people know about. We’re hoping to hear from students, practitioners, policymakers and anyone interested in PPPs. From these submissions, we hope to identify practical solutions that can be applied by governments.

Here’s the competition website to submit your case studies, essays, and video submissions on innovative solutions for PPPs. Please forward this to your networks. We welcome submissions in English, French and Spanish. Submissions will be judged by an independent panel using several criteria, including the identification of actionable ideas, replication potential, and relevance to the World Bank Group’s twin goals: ending extreme poverty by 2030 and boosting shared prosperity (measured as the income of the bottom 40 percent in any given country).

The winner(s) will be invited to offer a presentation at a major PPP event in London in mid-June, and there is a cash prize as well.

The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2015. I invite you to follow us on twitter @WBG_PPP to keep up with our work and PPP-relevant news.

The competition is sponsored by the Public Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF).   

Private Enterprise Essay Contest for College Students

Award amount



Apr 30

Awards available


Scholarship title: Private Enterprise Essay Contest for College Students

Applicable Majors: All Fields of Study

This year's Private Enterprise Essay Contest for college students is underway, offering cash awards to students and professors totaling $5,500. The contest is open to all registered undergraduate college and university students in the United States. First prize is $3,000, second is $1,250 and third is $1,000. Professors/teachers of the top two finishers will each receive a $250 honorarium.

The topics for the contest are listed on our website. Entries must be postmarked no later than April 30th. Minimum length is 1,500 words and maximum length is 2,000 words. Essays must be typed and double spaced. Each essay must be accompanied by an entry form, available on our website and a brief biography. Each college instructor may submit an unlimited number of essays. Students may submit essays on more than one topic. All entries become the property of the Americanism Educational League.

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