IMF announces COVID-19 youth fellowship contest

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Friday announced its IMF 2020 Annual Meetings Youth Fellowship Contest, which is open to bloggers, vloggers, journalists, communications experts, young professionals and students ages 20 to 32.

The IMF said the contest “provides an opportunity for young participants to become part of the global efforts to build forward better and join the IMF at the forefront of the response to the (coronavirus) crisis” which is “likely to increase poverty and inequality, expose weaknesses in healthcare systems, weaken job prospects and opportunities that the young desperately need.”

“Participants will have a firsthand experience of the IMF virtual Annual Meetings. They will participate in virtual training led by IMF experts and media professionals from Politico and others to boost their skills as multimedia storytellers in the current economic environment focusing on building a better future for youth. At the end of the training, participants will submit a final piece (blog/article or video) and 4 winners will be chosen to participate in an IMF youth panel discussion and have their work featured on IMF channels,” the Washington DC-based Fund said in a statement received by TODAY NEWS AFRICA in Washington D.C.

Participants can apply online by September 24, 2020, and present their work in video format (max. 3 minutes) or text format (max. 800 words) on policy priorities to address the current crisis and build a path towards creating more jobs and economic opportunities for youth and a greener and more equal recovery.

“To help participants gather the information they need, those selected to participate will be provided with: A virtual capacity building program: sessions on media and video storytelling by Politico and other media outlets; discussions on current global economic issues including inclusive growth, inequality, fintech and climate change, as well as access to all open seminars, press conferences and meetings,” the IMF said.

Selected participants will be chosen to join the fellowship program; of those, 4 finalists will be selected to participate in a panel discussion and have their video or article featured on

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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