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IFC Launches Photo Contest to Capture Private Sector Impact in Africa


In Johannesburg:
Jason Hopps
Jhopps@ifc.org


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 South Sudan.

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 number.

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 ifcphotocontest@gmail.com 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: www.ftbusiness.com/businessafterconflict/overview.asp

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, and Norway.

About IFC
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.

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