A second edition
The second annual "PanAfrican Charity Awards" challenge was launched on 10 December, 2019 within the framework of the development of citizenship actions across the continent on the initiative of Laurent Goutard, Head of International Retail Banking for Africa, the Mediterranean Basin & Overseas (‘AFMO'), and the Societe Generale Foundation. This call for projects is part of the Foundation's Africa Programme.
Key areas and other criterias
The Group's 17 African entities were invited to take part by presenting a project led by a local charity. This project had to be in line with the Foundation's key areas of focus, namely professional integration and inclusion through education. Particular attention was paid to projects promoting the role of women as key players in economic development.
The subsidiaries' proposals also had to meet two other criteria:
- the existence of a local partnership between the subsidiary and the charity,
- the implementation of actions involving staff during working hours to help the charity.
Despite the ongoing global crisis, we decided to stick to the initial schedule so as not to penalise the charities.
Aurélie Robin, Head of Foundation's Africa Programme
4 winning projects...
The selection committee, chaired by Laurent Goutard and comprising representatives of Regional Offices and Head Office staff, thus chose the 4 winning projects for 2020 that will be given additional funds by the Societe Generale Foundation:
- "SOS Villages d'Enfants Burkina Faso" (Societe Generale Burkina Faso): a socio-professional integration project aimed at vulnerable youths and children in Bobo-Dioulasso
- "Ya Tchegbo" (Societe Generale Benin): a project to help women who have suffered physical abuse become autonomous via an environmentally responsible integration farm
- "Ivoire Développement Durable" (Societe Generale Côte d'Ivoire): support for farm groups comprising mainly women working with school canteens in Aboisso
- "SOS Villages d'Enfants Maroc" (Societe Generale Morocco): Jeunes Espoirs de Demain project, a programme aiming to strengthen family ties in Mediouna (focusing on young people's abilities)
...and a special AFMO award
A special AFMO award was given to the "Famille et Vie" charity (Societe Generale Cameroon) for its socio-professional reinsertion project for vulnerable young women in Yaoundé displaced by the Anglophone Crisis.