Curious about this article's title? We assume that you as anybody else, have some time/some once thought about it. And we know it is not an easy task. First of all, a sort of self evaluation is needed in order to have a solid criteria before you start with. We also assume that, at the end you will expect to win an essay's contest. To gain recognition. Give the money the importance that it has but no more. In any case, our purpose is to share with you the experience of writing an essay as if it were addressed to a recognized organization dedicated to development economics issues.
To that aim, we have already chosen the specific area of development economics we want to study. That is "Private Sector Development" (PSD). Now, let us check internet. Great, we have found after one navigation's day searching the ad hoc organization, among 6 sites worth while to analyze.
Why this one?. They have a specific PSD program including annual essay competition receiving an average of 300 submissions a year representing over 50 countries and they are now searching for fresh ideas on how the private sector can help to contribute to sustainable growth and reduce poverty. They invite action oriented essays that: Provide insight into current Private Sector Development (PSD) research; Develop and support the implementation of leading-edge PSD initiatives; Strike a balance between conceptual and practical considerations for private-sector involvement in developing countries, and the effect of that involvement on development; Reflect innovative, data-supported research resulting from the author's own professional or academic work; Target economic & financial policymakers, the international financial community and/or international domestic investors. They also publish all winning essays on their external websites and may provide publication in additional formats at their discretion, and (give it due importance) six awards are granted to the top papers in US$. Uhh... Let's see the requirements:
Essays can be a maximum of 4000 words. In addition, an abstract of a maximum of 300 words is required and should be included with the submission. Essays must be submitted in English. Some stylistic allowance is made for authors whose first language is not English. Professional translation is allowed, at the author's expense. Essays must be typed and double-spaced on one side of each sheet of paper The author's name must only appear on the cover page. References to the author must not appear anywhere in the abstract, essay text or footnotes. A limited number of charts or tables may be used. Equations should be avoided as much as possible and, if used, must be confined to an appendix or footnote. Essays should be in a form readily publishable without extensive footnotes. And the eligibility qualifications:
All entries must be submitted in the author or authors' own name(s).
Submissions on behalf of an institution or firm are not permitted.
Joint authorship is permitted.
Each co-author's personal information must be submitted along with the essay.
Our online entry form (preferred) allows every author to submit his/her personal information along with the essay.
Essays submitted in print must include a separate, signed entry form for each author along with the essay in the same envelope.
Incomplete submissions will not be considered.
We are plenty of time to search for refreshing ideas tomorrow : Deadline for submissions is on September 31, 2007.