Johannesburg, October 24, 2012 -- IFC,
a member of the World Bank Group, is today launching a photography competition
to highlight entrepreneurship and the growth and positive impact of the
private sector in African countries recovering from conflict.
The competition is being organized by IFC’s
Conflict Affected States in Africa Initiative (CASA), which is supporting
private sector development in Burundi, the Central African Republic, Cote
d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and
This is Africa, a Financial Times Newspaper
Publication, is also supporting the competition.
Entrants age 16 and older should submit pictures
that capture the private sector in action. Submissions might show individual
traders, small businesses, or larger companies that are benefitting their
communities. A short paragraph describing the subject of the photograph,
and where it was taken, should accompany each submission. Entrants
must also include their own name, age, address, email and mobile/cell phone
The winner will receive $500 and a framed
version of their winning photograph. A select number of semi-finalists
will also receive framed versions of their photos. Photos no larger than
3MB should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
with an explanatory paragraph and the photographer’s full details (name,
age, and nationality). Previously published photographs will not be considered.
A complete list of rules and regulations
can be found at www.ifc.org/casa.
The deadline for submissions is November 19, 2012.
The contest is being held to coincide with
the ‘Business After Conflict’ conference, which will gather high-level
delegates from the public and private sectors to discuss the opportunities
involved in investing in countries recovering from conflict. The conference,
co-hosted by This is Africa and IFC, will be held in Nairobi on November
28. For more information, please see:
Colin Shepherd, Head of IFC’s
CASA Initiative, said, “The private sector is an important driver helping
countries that have suffered through conflict rebuild their economies.
This competition is aimed at recognizing those men and women who have positively
impacted their communities by building businesses that provide important
goods and services.”
IFC’s CASA Initiative was established in
2008 to support economic growth, and job creation, in countries recovering
from conflict. CASA provides advisory services to the public and private
sectors to help strengthen smaller businesses, improve the investment climate,
and increase access to finance. CASA is supported by Ireland, the Netherlands,
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development
institution focused exclusively on the private sector. We help developing
countries achieve sustainable growth by financing investment, mobilizing
capital in international financial markets, and providing advisory services
to businesses and governments. In FY12, our investments reached an all-time
high of more than $20 billion, leveraging the power of the private sector
to create jobs, spark innovation, and tackle the world’s most pressing
development challenges. For more information, visit www.ifc.org.