IREN at 20 years!
Do you believe that intellectual capital is key in transforming the African continent? If your answer is yes, then we are looking for you. The essay writing challenge under the theme “Re-purposing Africa’s Intellectual Capital for a New Dawn of Development” aims to promote the energy, creativity, and initiative of the African thought leaders in reaffirming and promoting the critical role of intellectual capital required to transform the continent.
How does it work?
The Essay Writing Challenge is open to everybody. The guidelines are as follows:
You must write a 300-word Abstract that will be evaluated. Following the evaluation process, if your essay is selected, you will be notified and given the go-ahead to write the final essay.
Ensure that your essay contribution is original, non-plagiarized, concise, constructive, and convincing based on data and scientific evidence. All the sources used/cited must be acknowledged and included in the list of references (APA style preferred for citations, figures, tables, and references). Avoid using tables where a concise summary can suffice instead.
Proceeding from introduction, main body, to the conclusion, your essay should have a clear thesis statement and provide pragmatic and investible recommendations as a way forward.
Excluding the reference list, the allowable number of words of the final essay must be between 2,500 and 3,500 words, Arial 12, spacing of 1.2.
The essay has eight sub-themes that you can choose from. They include:
New frontiers in education and skills development for innovation, employability, job creation and sustainable development.
From brain drain to brain circulation in a hyper-connected knowledge community.
Intellectuals and policy influence for enhanced research and national development.
Digital competencies needed to adapt to the changing and emerging technological landscapes.
Turning the creative economy into a driver for sustainable development.
Socio-economic and political ‘traffic lights’ for inclusive growth in Africa.
Reviving indigenous culture as a tool for development.
Plugging the gap for futuristic thinking in Africa´s entrepreneurship.
Please note that the jury will only choose five of the best essays from each sub-theme.
Selected 40 essays (5 of the best essays in each sub-theme) that will proceed to the next stage will attract 50 USD in cash prize each and certificate of participation.
The top-three essays as ranked by independent judges will attract top cash prizes of 500 USD, 300 USD and 200 USD respectively.
The top-three essay writers will be invited to make presentations during the IREN Thought Leaders Forum.
The best ideas will be invited for co-creation opportunities.
Copyright of all submitted essays belongs to the authors.
Abstract submission deadline: May 10th, 2021