The Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) launches an annual competition to acknowledge outstanding contributions to social cohesion across Europe. The CEB Award for Social Cohesion will bestow a €25,000 prize on a project that addresses pressing social issues in one of the CEB’s 41 member countries.
Eligible for nomination are individuals over 18 years old and small organisations from CEB members. Nominations should be either for projects at an early stage of implementation or for advanced project ideas. The overarching theme of ‘social cohesion’ will be assessed on impact, sustainability and innovation/replicability.
An independent Jury, comprising five members, will select one single award winner on the basis of a shortlist drawn up by CEB experts. Reflecting the diversity of CEB membership, the Jury is diverse and well balanced and its members come from the fields of social development, social entrepreneurship, academia or civil society.
The first ceremony of the CEB Award for Social Cohesion is scheduled to take place on the occasion of this year’s CEB Joint Meeting, to take place in Dublin on 2nd July 2020.
“The CEB itself has been working for over 60 years to strengthen social integration and eliminate social and economic inequalities in Europe. Knowing that there are numerous initiatives in CEB member countries serving the same purpose and making their own contribution to the promotion of social cohesion, we sought a way to give those initiatives credit and set them as positive examples to be emulated,” said Rolf Wenzel, the Governor of the CEB. “I am delighted that today we are launching the CEB Award for Social Cohesion,” he concluded. Applications : https://cebsocialcohesion.awardsplatform.com/
The winner of the Award will be recognised at a ceremony which kicks off CEB annual Joint Meeting, taking place every year in a different member country. In 2020 the meeting and the Award ceremony will be held in Dublin, Ireland.
The social development bank in Europe
The Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) is a multilateral development bank with an exclusively social mandate.
Through the provision of financing and technical expertise for projects with a high social impact in its member states, it actively promotes social cohesion and strengthens social integration in Europe.
The CEB represents a major instrument of the policy of solidarity in Europe. It participates in financing social projects, responds to emergency situations and contributes to improving the living conditions of the most disadvantaged population groups.
The CEB contributes to the implementation of socially oriented investment projects through three sectoral lines of action, namely: