The World Bank Wikipedia writing contest is an effort by the World Bank to engage with Universities for its Wikipedia Pilot Project (WPP). The competition is open to students currently enrolled at participating universities worldwide. First place contestants will be offered invitations for a week-long paid visit to the World Bank Water Week from 31 January – 04 February 2011 in Washington D.C.
The WPP project started in 2006 and maintains overviews of the water sector in a particular country or city, in the categories water supply and sanitation, water resources management, integrated urban water resources management, and irrigation. So far World Bank staff largely compiled these pages on Wikipedia, but now it is asking the broader academic community to participate in their preparation and maintenance.
WASH United is one of the 12 finalists in Ashoka’s Changemakers ”Changing Lives Through Football” Competition.
Set up by set up by German NGO Brot für die Welt, WASH United uses the power of football to catalyse social change and engage top international and African football stars as role models to promote safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene for all in Sub-Saharan Africa leading up to and following the 2010 World Cup.
“Winning the competition would not only mean to raise the profile of our campaign, but also help to fund our work for safe drinking Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) for all people, everywhere”, says WASH United.
Winners are eligible to win a total of USD $90,000 in prizes, including a US$ 30,000 first prize for the global winner, and US$ 10,000 each for the three regional winners.
Winners will be announced on 25 August 2010.
Vote here for WASH United.
Voting closes on 18 August 2010.
Read more about the competition.
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