CEB Award for Social Cohesion 2021 attracts significant interest

22 April 2021

CEB Award resultsPARIS – The second edition of the CEB Award for Social Cohesion received 114 eligible applications, a 30% increase compared to the pilot launch in 2020.  

Small organisations and individuals over the age of 18 from the CEB’s 42 member countries were invited to nominate projects at an early stage of implementation. The Award mainly attracted interest from small organizations (90 entries) while individuals submitted 24 nominations. The projects hail from 27 member countries, compared to 15 last year.  

Many of the nominated projects address pressing social issues in the field of healthcare, while there is also a strong focus on promoting gender equality and the wellbeing of persons with disabilities.   

In the next stage of the competition a Preselection Panel comprising CEB staff with relevant expertise in social projects and development will review the nominations and draw up a shortlist of five entries.  The shortlist will be announced on 25 May.  

Subsequently, an international Jury of experts will award the €25,000 prize to one of those fives projects that makes a significant contribution to social cohesion in an innovative and effective way.  

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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 stable 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.