wins environmental award in Geneva, Switzerland
Socially innovative projects from across the globe awarded
at SIGEF 2014
– GENEVA – On Thursday 23 October 2014, the
first edition of the Social Innovation and Global Ethics
Forum (SIGEF 2014) continued with the ‘2014 SIGEF
Awards’ session in honor of the work done by international
personalities that have distinguished themselves by their
extensive work in favor of Social Good.
SIGEF 2014 organized by Horyou - the Social Network for
Social Good - extended awards to winners in various categories
that featured entries from more than twenty social entrepreneurs
from all over the world who participated and showcased
their innovative projects at the International Conference
Centre of Geneva (CICG) which is the venue of the three
day event that started from 22nd – 24th October
award ceremony is an important component of SIGEF 2014
that showcased a variety of socially innovative developments
that are in the process of making a difference at a local,
national, and global level,” explained Founder and
CEO, Yonathan Parienti while opening the Award gala.
projects chosen to participate at the 2014 SIGEF Awards
were announced online on a weekly basis and the main two
awards – the Public Choice and Humanitarian - were
granted the most socially innovative projects.
Public Choice Award (‘Prix du Public’) which
was chosen by SIGEF 2014 attendees and participants was
delivered to ‘BEYOND BEANIE’ project which
received CHF 8000 (approximately $8,500 USD).
award is given based on the total number of votes received
on-site by the visiting attendees and other participants.
Each vote is personal, heartfelt, and based on conviction.
In this category, Members of the Organizer’s Award
Committee were excluded from voting.
Humanitarian Contribution Award (‘Coup d’Coeur’)
worth CHF 2500 ((approximately $2,700 USD) which was chosen
by the SIGEF 2014 award organizing team was delivered
to Dr. Georges BWELLE (from ASCOVIME), a Cameroonian doctor
who extends free medical services (including free medicine
and performing surgeries) to disadvantaged people located
in deep rural areas.
congratulating the two winners, Parienti said, “We
acknowledge the efforts and creativity of social innovators
that are moving forward with their ideas, visions, and
actions. We have confidence that these initiatives can
and will benefit citizens and society in many positive
following is the full list of SIGEF 2014 Award winners
who presented projects that have had significant impact
in the societies in which their organizations operate.
The majority of the winners came from the African, Southern
America and USA regions.
Contribution Award: Dr. Georges BWELLE (from ASCOVIME)
• Public Choice Award: BEYOND BEANIE
Music for Empowerment Award: Chad Harper (from HIP HOP
• Arts and Education for All Award: Mrs. Touraya
Bouabid (from AMESIP)
• Social Inclusion Award: Ms Claire Nimboe Ndi Samba
• Ecosystem Preservation Award: Julio Andrade
(from Brazilian NGO, Pick-upau)
SIGEF 2014 forum that was concluded this Friday 24th October
2014 featured three days of interaction, dialogue and
actions through NGO’s showcase, plenary Sessions
led by international Keynote Speakers, a photographic
exhibition, workshops as well as documentary screenings.
Photos: SIGEF 2014/Horyou