The World Bank Group in partnership with Wharton School’s Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research, UN Development Programme (UNDP) and UN Women has announced SDGs & Her Competition which is an online competition for women entrepreneurs to showcase how they are supporting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through their business operations.

The objectives of the initiative are to:

  • Recognize women implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including women business owners of microenterprises.
  • Increase knowledge about the SDGs and their potential impacts on women among non-traditional audiences.
  • Collaborate with private sector partners on all SDGs, but SDG5 in particular; to share best practices and innovative ideas.

In 2015, all 193 United Nations member countries signed on to 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to “create the future we want in 2030.”

Prize Information

  • The top winners will be recognized in April 2020 at an event on the margins of the 2020 World Bank Group-IMF Spring Meetings in Washington D.C.
  • The stories of the winning women entrepreneur (and many other notable entries) will be shared through partners’ social media and websites.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • be a woman owner of a business that has been in operation for at least 3 years
  • own a micro-enterprise, with at least 1 and no more than 9 employees
  • have a loan eligibility of under USD $10,000 or annual sales of under USD $100,000


  • own a small-enterprise, with at least 10 and no more than 49 employees
  • have a loan eligibility of under USD $100,000 or annual sales of under USD $3,000,000

Judging Criteria

  • Entries will be screened by a university partner and then judged by an expert panel.
  • Judges will determine the winners based on the impact on the SDGs, vision and purpose, and clarity of the entries.


For more information, visit SDGs & Her Competition.

Name of the Organisation
The World Bank Group
Grant Amount
USD 100,000
Closing date of Proposal
Friday, 10 January, 2020
RFP Email
Mike Kelleher ""
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