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CEB Award for Social Cohesion shortlisted projects announced

25 mai 2020

PARIS - The Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) is pleased to announce the shortlisted projects for the CEB Award for Social Cohesion, an annual competition launched this year to acknowledge outstanding social projects in Europe.  The Award will bestow a €25,000 prize on a project that addresses pressing social issues in one of the CEB’s 41 member countries. 

The diversity of nominated projects is remarkable - from a startup manufacturing drones for afforestation through cultural festivals for getting together migrants and local communities, to social enterprises and conventional businesses that promote the integration of disabled people in the workforce.

We received applications from people and organisations with early, first ideas for promoting social cohesion but also well-established, long-running projects from all parts of Europe, spanning a wide range of our member countries.

Selected among nearly 90 eligible applications, the shortlisted entries for the 2020 competition include:

  • Bongo Art Project
  • Ecording
  • Hedona
  • Meet my Mama
  • Restarting Life
  • Soliguide – la cartographie de l’action sociale

A Preselection Panel comprising three CEB members of staff with relevant expertise in social projects and development reviewed all applications and assessed the overarching theme of ‘social cohesion’ by scoring each entry on criteria related to impact, sustainability and innovation/replicability.

An independent Jury of experts will meet in a few weeks to select one single award winner. Our Jury members come from the fields of social development, social entrepreneurship, academia or civil society and include:

  • Snežana Samardžić-Marković, Director General of Democracy at the Council of Europe, President of the Jury
  • Guillaume Capelle, Founder of SINGA and CALM
  • Dominique Lamiot, Chair of the Governing Board, CEB
  • Eva Maydell, Member of the European Parliament/President of European Movement International

Christine Whitehead, Emeritus Professor in Housing Economics, London School of Economics 

The winner of the CEB Award for Social Cohesion will be announced on 15 June. 

CEB Governor Rolf Wenzel said: “We are very pleased with the number and quality of applications received for this very first CEB Award for Social Cohesion. The independent jury members will have a difficult task on their hands. We all look forward to the announcement of the results.”

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Fondée en 1956, la CEB (Banque de Développement du Conseil de l'Europe) compte 41 États membres, dont 22 pays d'Europe centrale, orientale et du Sud-Est formant les pays cibles de la Banque. En tant qu'instrument majeur de la politique de solidarité en Europe, la Banque finance des projets sociaux en mettant à leur disposition des ressources levées dans des conditions reflétant la qualité de sa notation (AA+ auprès de Fitch Ratings, perspective positive, AAA auprès de Standard & Poor's, perspective stable et Aa1 auprès de Moody's, perspective stable). Elle accorde des prêts à ses États membres, à des établissements financiers et à des autorités locales pour le financement de projets dans le secteur social, conformément à son Statut.