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Words of Resilience:
Youth Perspectives on Urban Flood Solutions


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Supported by the
Staying Resilient Amidst Multiple Crises in Southeast Asia initiative of SEA Junction in partnership with CMB Foundation.

About the competition


The “Words of Resilience: Youth Perspectives on Urban Flood Solutions” project is undertaken to address the pressing challenge of urban flooding, a consequence of climate change, rapid urbanization, and inadequate risk reduction infrastructure.

As cities continue to expand and become more densely populated, they face increasing susceptibility to the devastating impacts of floods, which can lead to significant economic losses, property damage, and threats to public health and safety.

This project aims to provide a platform for young people to express their concerns, ideas, and solutions for urban flood resilience through written essays, thereby raising awareness about the issue and promoting innovative strategies to mitigate flood risks.


Suggested essay topics


While we encourage you to explore any aspect of urban flooding that interests you, here are some suggested essay topics to help guide your writing process:

  • My lived experience – A First-Hand Account of Urban Flooding Impact in my City
  • Youth Engagement in Developing and Promoting Early Warning Systems
  • Incorporating Local Knowledge and Practices in Early Warning Systems for Floods
  • The Role of Urban Planning in Flood Resilience: Opportunities and Challenges.
  • Understanding Vulnerability in Urban Flood Risks: How Can We Do Better?
  • The Impact of Urban Flooding on Health and Wellbeing: A Call for Action.
  • Innovative Technologies for Enhancing Urban Flood Resilience.
  • Building Back Better: Post-Flood Recovery and Reconstruction in Urban Areas.
  • Policy Frameworks and Governance for Urban Flood Resilience.


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Timor-Leste, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.


No! We do not believe in charging for submissions!


No! Submitting more than 1 essay will result in disqualification!


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Your essay will be judged based on its relevance to the theme, originality, clarity of expression, and adherence to the word limit and formatting guidelines.

Your essay will be judged through an anonymous review process to ensure fair and unbiased evaluations. This means that your identity will not be revealed to the judges during the assessment process to prevent any potential bias


The winners will be announced on World Meteorological Day (March 23, 2024). Winners will be notified via the contact information they provided during submission.


Yes, as long as you are 18 years old at the time of submission, you can participate in the competition.


No. Your submission must be an original work that has not been previously published anywhere else, including personal blogs, social media, or as part of school assignments.


The deadline for submissions is November 30. Any submissions made after this date will not be accepted.


No, once your essay has been submitted, you cannot make changes to it. Please review your work carefully before submitting it.


No, each essay must be the original work of one individual. Group submissions will not be accepted.


Yes, as long as you hold citizenship from one of the listed Southeast Asian countries, you are eligible to participate, regardless of your current place of residence.


No, only written content will be accepted for this competition. Please ensure your essay can stand on its own without the need for additional media.


Essays that exceed the 750 word limit will not be considered. It’s important to adhere strictly to the word limit to ensure a fair competition.


Yes, you will receive an email confirmation upon successful submission of your essay.


You can reach us at wor[at]youth4drr[dot]com. Our team will respond to your query as soon as possible.


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