Submission Requirements

2023 Energy Innovation in LMICs Global Case Writing Competition


The focus of your case study must be about an energy innovation in one or more low- or middle-income countries by a profit-seeking business. Please click here for The World Bank’s most recent list of LMICs.

Some examples of topics are provided below.

Potential Topic Example(s)
Transition to more renewable, less carbon-intensive energy for productive use Reducing the energy and carbon intensity of fertilizer production
Commercialization of energy technologies Biomass-based power generation technologies
Electrification of sectors/companies Electric mobility
Distributed renewable energy generation Off-grid or mini-grid solar deployment
Development/deployment of carbon capture and storage solutions New materials to store carbon such as advanced concrete
Development/deployment of energy storage technologies Production or recycling/reuse of batteries
Circular economy solutions related to energy Using waste to generate electricity


Additional Submission Requirements 


  • Case study and teaching note documents should adhere to the format and style described in “How to Write a Business Case” and “How to Write a Teaching Note”.
  • Please adhere to WDI Publishing’s “Preferred Style and Best Practices”.
  • Final documents must be submitted in Microsoft Word format.
  • Citations/Endnotes: All data in the case must be cited (in-text with consecutive numbers) with reputable primary or secondary sources. (Note: Wikipedia sources are not accepted.) The consecutive, in-text citations should correspond to full source information at the end of the document as Endnotes. Please use MLA style for endnotes.

Teaching Note: All submitted cases must include a teaching note.

Abstract: An abstract for the case must accompany your submission documents. The abstract should be 150 words maximum.

Protagonist, Decision Point (Dilemma): Case must have a protagonist, clear dilemma/decision points, and sufficient contextual background information for a student to develop solutions to the dilemma.

Primary vs. Secondary Research: If your case study is based on primary data (i.e., proprietary, non-public data gathered via personal interview, phone interview, email interview, etc.), WDI Publishing’s Organization Release Form must be signed by the appropriate contact within the organization before the case will be considered for publication. If your case study is based on secondary data (i.e., data publicly available) then no Organization Release is required.

Previously Unpublished: The case study and teaching note must be previously unpublished and must not be bound by any copyright restrictions.

Geographical Setting: The setting for the case must be a low- to middle-income country.

Publication of the Winning Cases: The winning cases and their teaching notes will be edited, formatted and published on and priced as determined by WDI Publishing.

Authors of Winning Cases: If your case study is chosen as a winner, all authors must sign WDI Publishing’s Distribution License and Royalty Agreement that states:

  • Authors assign WDI Publishing exclusive distribution.
  • Authors certify and accept responsibility for the type of data in the case.
  • Authors will receive no royalties on future sales of the case.

Award Details

  • First Place:
    • $3,000
    • Edited, published and distributed by WDI Publishing
  • Second Place: 
    • $2,000
    • Edited, published and distributed by WDI Publishing
  • Third Place:
    • $1,000
    • Edited, published and distributed by WDI Publishing
  • Honorable Mentions:
    • Edited, published and distributed by WDI Publishing
    • No monetary prize

Prize money will be awarded in US currency with applicable taxes and bank fees withheld. Prize money will not be awarded until authors provide the following:

  • Completed W-9 tax form (If a US citizen)
  • Completed W-8BEN tax form with a US ITIN number (If not a US citizen)