Citizenship Award 2017

Sir Paul Collier received the P&V Foundation's 2017 Citizenship Award

The P&V Foundation gave out its 13th Citizenship Award on 28thNovember 2017 to Sir Paul Collier. The Citizenship Award is an annual award conferred to a person, initiative or organisation, of Belgian or international origin, whose activity has shown exemplary commitment to promoting an open, democratic, tolerant society. 

This year, the jury chose an internationally-recognised academic luminary who specialises in development and migration issues. Paul Collier combines his excellent academic work with his strong, pragmatic commitment to more equality and social justice in the world. He has also shown a very high level of social engagement in at least three areas: economic development in Africa, the fight against poverty and refugee issues.

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My Future, Our Society: A call for action

The Foundation P&V organised a conference and debate on 23rd May 2017 at 6 pm in Studio 1 in Flagey in Brussels on the subject of political alienation (of young people) and the need to revitalise collective action

This event was also the occasion to announce the laureates of our call for projects "My Future, Our Society" launched in 2016.

We had the hounour of welcoming Agathe Cagé, co-founder of the think tank Cartes sur table, Paul Dekker, Professor of Civil Society at the University of Tilburg and director of research in the sector of participation,  culture and environment at SCP (Sociaal en Cultureel Planbureau) and Raphaël Glucksmann, essayist and French documentary filmmaker. These speakers were preceeded by Olivier Servais, Professor of Anthropology and President of the Foundation, who introduced this new edition. 

We also invited some Belgian academic experts to participate to and stimulate the debate: Tine De Moor, Professor of Social and Economical History at the University of Utrecht and specialised in research on institutions for collective action, Dries Gysels, founder and coordinator of the Lab van Troje, and the Professor Philippe Van Parijs, philosopher and  Chairman of the Chair Hoover d'éthique économique et sociale  at the UCL. 


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The winners of the call for projects "My Future, Our Society"

In 2016, the P&V Foundation launched a call for projects: "My Future, Our Society" aimed to organizations working with and for youngsters. The aim is to show youngsters the positive outcome of working together with other young people while keeping a constant dialogue with other actors, including the public authorities, for the realization of a concrete project, or to solve daily problems. The call for projects is also a means to stimulate the actions of political institutions concerning the wishes and daily problems of youngsters.

On Tuesday, May 23, 2017, during its annual conference, the P&V Foundation announced the eight winners of the call for projects  "My Future, Our Society". Four Dutch-speakers and four French-speakers were selected after an intensive selection process. They now receive financial support from the P&V Foundation to set up their project over a period of one year and a half.

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