CEB Award: Shortlist announced

2 June 2022

PARIS – The Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) announces the shortlist today for the 2022 edition of the CEB Award for Social Cohesion.

Launched in 2020, the annual competition bestows a €25,000 prize on a project that addresses pressing social issues in one of the CEB’s 42 member countries.

A Preselection Panel comprising four CEB staff members with expertise in social projects, sustainability and evaluation reviewed all nominated entries and assessed them on impact, sustainability and innovation/replicability. 

The shortlisted entries include:

  • The Sanctuary Runners, Ireland

The Sanctuary Runners is a bridge builder, bringing asylum seekers, refugees & the wider community together to run/jog/walk.

The Sanctuary Runners

  • Recruit Refugees Ireland

Connecting Refugees and International Protection Applicants to decent work through our platform for employers, candidates and partners. 

Recruit Refugees Ireland

  • Creative Missions with ARTSCAPE, Lithuania

Fostering communities’ creativity and imagination is key to nurturing a sense of belonging, respect for diversity and thus social cohesion.

Creative Missions with ARTSCAPE

  • Center for Integration and Psychophysical Development for Refugees, Poland

Has a mission of providing refugees with equal opportunities to access services related to psychological health. We want to help them with preserving the sense of agency and facilitate their adaptation. 

Center for Integration and Psychophysical Development for Refugees in Rzeszow

  • Ateliere Fara Frontiere, Romania

The project aims to bridge the gap between exclusion and poverty and the labour market for the extremely disadvantaged, through a personalized activation methodology within the circular economy.

Ateliere Fără Frontiere - pathways to social inclusion and employment for the most disadvantaged

  • Embark Project, Türkiye

Embark Project builds meaningful connections with business leaders and newcomer youth to foster social cohesion and inclusion through its innovative reverse mentoring, academy and alumni community.

Embark Project

An independent Jury of experts will meet in a few weeks to select one single award winner. The winning project will be announced at an award ceremony on 7 July, in Dublin and 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 (Aa1 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.