International Essay Competition 2021 Youth for Resilient Infrastructure

Youth represents an important and dynamic segment of the population in every country. Today’s youth are tomorrow’s innovators, creators, builders and leaders. The assurance, devotion and vitality with which young minds work make them the most promising changemakers of the future. This is why the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) believes youth engagement is crucial to mobilizing change for positive social development.

CDRI recognizes that infrastructure systems are key drivers of economic growth. Between 2016 and 2040, the Global Infrastructure Hub pegs the global annual infrastructure investment needs at US$3.7 trillion per year. Young people globally are poised to drive these investments as practitioners, academicians and policymakers. Realizing the unique potential of youth leadership in driving change for a resilient world, CDRI is proud to announce the “Youth for Resilient Infrastructure” International Essay Competition. This event will provide a platform to harness youth for resilience by engaging, inspiring and invigorating young minds and future changemakers in the field of disaster-resilient infrastructure.

Essay Competition Themes

All entries for the essay competition should be aligned to any one of the following themes:

  1. Nature-based solutions for disaster resilient infrastructure
  2. Innovation and emerging technologies in disaster-resilient infrastructure
  3. Indigenous practices in disaster-resilient infrastructure


  • Top 5 winners will receive cash prize of US $500 + certificates and an opportunity to be published on the CDRI website.
  • Top 10 winners will receive certificates and an opportunity to be published on the CDRI website.
  • Top 20 winners will receive certificates.


The competition is open to all current full-time registered students enrolled in any undergraduate or post-graduate degree program or diploma course from any country.

Eligible Regions: Open for all.