IMF unveils 2020 annual meetings youth fellowship contest winners from Kenya, Botswana, Spain and India


Updated: March 7, 2021

The International Monetary Fund 2020 Annual Meetings Youth Fellowship contest winners were announced in Washington DC on Friday morning. They are from Kenya, Botswana, Spain and India.

The winners are Mary-Jean Nleya from Botswana, Cynthia Nyongesa from Kenya, Krithiga Narayanan from India, and Alex Segura from Spain.

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During the 2020 Annual Meetings, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) welcomed 26 bloggers/vloggers, journalists, communications experts, young professionals, and students to participate in the first series of the IMF Youth Fellowship Contest, which included a training program on media and video storytelling with discussions on current global economic issues including inclusive growth, inequality, fintech, and climate change.

The 2020 IMF Youth Fellowship Contest provided 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 crisis. Participants had a firsthand experience of the IMF virtual Annual Meetings and participated in virtual training led by IMF experts and media professionals from the Financial Times, Politico, and CNBC Digital 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, the fellows were tasked with entering a short video or article that answered the following question : What policy priorities must be considered to address the current crisis and thus build a path towards a greener and more equal recovery that creates more jobs and opportunities for youth?

IMF said after reviewing all the entries, Mary-Jean Nleya from Botswana, who wrote about “A Digitally Transformed Economic Recovery that Works for African Youth”, Krithiga Narayanan from India, who wrote about “Gender Inclusive Policies for a Faster Recovery”, Cynthia Nyongesa from Kenya, who wrote about “Policies to Create Jobs and Opportunities for African Youth” and Alex Segura from Spain, who wrote abour “Can Fintech Companies Help Close the Gender Gap in Financial Inclusion”, emerged the winners.

The winners will participate in a panel discussion and have their video or article featured on IMF Finance and Development Online .


Simon Ateba Washington DC
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on


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