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Praises and prizes

10/01/2014

Teenagers cleaning a playground
© istock/Pamela Moore

Four neighbourhood social inclusion projects in France have received awards for their work

The French National Assembly was the venue for the Neighbourhood Commitment Awards on 18 December 2013, where four projects targeting sustainable economic development and social cohesion received prizes and accolades. In the presence of the President of the Assembly, Claude Bartolone, and the Minister for Urban Affairs François Lamy, the Co-Group project from Dunkirk took the honours for creating economic development activities with its ‘eco-responsible’ work spaces for small enterprises, tele-workers and those working from home.

The Hauts de Chambéry neighbourhood in Savoie department took the prize for social and societal innovation with a skills and services exchange initiative among its inhabitants. The Bellevue ‘quartier’ in the city of Nantes was praised for its boutique workshop stressing ethical approaches and solidarity. While from Grenoble the ‘Daily life and social ties’ initiative won for its work in preventing violence and building citizenship among some 1300 local adolescents.

Each project received €10 000. The annual Neighbourhood Commitment awards were created by the Foundation for Action Against Exclusion and the National Agency for Urban Renovation (ANRU). The awards are co-funded by the ESF.