CEB Award 2023: Shortlist announced

10 May 2023

PARIS - The Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) announces the shortlist for the 2023 edition of the CEB Award for Social Cohesion.

Launched in 2020, the annual competition will bestow for the first time this year €35,000 in prizes to three exceptional projects that address pressing social issues and make a significant contribution to social cohesion in the CEB’s 42 member countries. The winner of the competition will receive a €25,000 prize and two other deserving projects €5,000 each.

A preselection panel comprising three CEB staff members with expertise in social projects, sustainability and evaluation reviewed all nominated entries and assessed them based on impact, sustainability and innovation/replicability criteria. 

The shortlisted entries include:

  • The Power of Purposeful Business: Strengthening Community Bonds, Croatia
    The Power of Purposeful Business aims to empower citizens, boost local community’s well-being and social cohesion via eco-social awareness, sustainable textile waste management and circular economy solutions.
  • L’Outil en Main: l’initiation des jeunes aux métiers manuels (introducing young people to manual jobs), France
    L’Outil en Main allows young people to discover the value of craftmanship and manual jobs through workshops and intergenerational exchanges with artisans, volunteers and retirees.
  • HousingNow! Housing Agency, Hungary
    Housing Now! helps homeless and vulnerable families access affordable housing by connecting them with homeowners willing to rent their properties at a reduced rate in exchange for property management services.
  • Let’s Talk, Latvia
    Let’s Talk Latvia, staffed by individuals with disabilities aged 54 and above, helps tackle loneliness by providing a platform for conversations and connecting vulnerable people.
  • Go Remote: Unlocking Youth Potential, Latvia
    Go Remote supports young people, especially those not in education, employment or training, or from rural areas, by providing trainings for remote and hybrid jobs. 
  • Centre for the Inclusive Arts, Poland
    The Centre for Inclusive Arts enables actors with Down syndrome and other disabilities to participate in theatre productions, book publishing and conferences.
  • C.A.S.O.Project - Oral Health Support Centre, Portugal
    C.A.S.O. Project provides oral health services to vulnerable people, contributing to their well-being as well as their social (re)integration.
  • WeDo - Women’s Economic and Development Opportunities, Serbia
    WeDo empowers women from hard-to-employ categories, in particular survivors of trafficking and other forms of gender-based violence, by providing skill-building trainings and offering networking opportunities with potential employers.
  • SurplusFood - Put on Plates instead of Waste, Slovenia
    Surplus Food collects quality food items and meals from restaurants, schools, and shops and distributes them to those in need, thereby supporting the economically underprivileged while reducing food waste.

The winner and two other deserving projects will be announced at the award ceremony on 8 June in the margins of the Joint Meeting of the CEB’s Governing Bodies, to be held in Athens, Greece, as well as via livestream.  

For more information about the shortlisted entries and the CEB Award for Social Cohesion please visit

Set up in 1956, the CEB (Council of Europe Development Bank) has 42 member states. Twenty-two Central, Eastern and South Eastern European countries, forming the Bank's target countries, are listed among the member states. As a major instrument of the policy of solidarity in Europe, the Bank finances social projects by making available resources raised in conditions reflecting the quality of its rating (Aaa with Moody's, outlook stable, AAA with Standard & Poor's, outlook stable, AA+ with Fitch Ratings, outlook positive and AAA* with Scope Ratings, outlook stable). It thus grants loans to its member states, and to financial institutions and local authorities in its member states for the financing of projects in the social sector, in accordance with its Articles of Agreement.