Europe Day – 9th of May 2023Groupe SOS, one of EU’s key frontrunners of social entrepreneurship, is actively involved in local initiatives and European projects aimed at boosting social economy. On this 9th of May, symbolically commemorating Robert Schuman’s Declaration which laid the groundwork for the European Union’s construction, Groupe SOS wishes to reaffirm its engagement for a more ambitious EU […]
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Gender equality, everywhere!Women are most affected by territorial disparities. As a result, they face obstacles in finding employment, and in accessing healthcare, rights and transportation. On March 8, the International Women’s Rights Day, Groupe SOS reaffirms its commitment to fighting all kinds of exclusion, and takes a step forward gender equality across all regions. 1 in 3 […]
AGreenLab, an entrepreneurship program for young people on renewable energiesLaunched by People Power Inclusion (PPI) from GROUPE SOS, the AGreenlab program intends to encourage youth to become entrepreneurs in Africa, through incubation and accelerating programs. AGreenlab seeks to build partnerships and develop investments between European and African countries, by establishing strong cooperation with experts in the fields of entrepreneurship, agribusiness and renewable energies. […]
Madagascar : Planète Urgence’s project for the preservation of Tapia forests and support local communities3 questions with TAPIA project manager Herizala ANDRIANALISON, TAPIA project manager, works in Madagascar, in the Itasy region. Q : What are the challenges in the region? A: Many people are exploiting forests illegally, to make charcoal, firewood or to increase the size of their fields. As a result, people living nearby the Tapia forests tend […]
COP 27: we must act now!The situation is urgent. We see it every day at Groupe SOS through our actions to accelerate the ecological transition and with the most vulnerable people. In a worrying inflationary context, we need to respond to needs we concretely see every day, in France, and in the 40 countries in which we operate. The scientific, […]
Refugees in Europe: sports as a lever for social inclusion by PLAY InternationalThere are now nearly 89.3 million displaced people in the world. Of these, 27.1 million are refugees, and more than half of them are under the age of 18.
ZOOM ON: Marilisa Fantacci, Executive Director of Action Emploi Réfugiés in FranceThe association Action Emploi Réfugiés (AERé) of Groupe SOS promotes the integration of refugees in the French labor market, by supporting refugees, but also companies. Today, let’s meet Marilisa Fantacci, who discusses the association’s missions and the challenges of integrating refugees in France.
Ateliere Fara Frontiere: supporting the work integration of people fleeing Ukraine to RomaniaSince the outbreak of the conflict in Ukraine, the need for aid is now greater than ever. If the initial needs of the refugees from Ukraine arriving in Romania were related to housing and food, they now need a job to ensure their daily living. At the end of August, more than 55,000 refugees were […]
Making Europe the world epicenter of the SSE.We, actors of the social and solidarity economy (SSE) in Europe, call for an ambitious European policy aiming at making Europe the world epicenter of the SSE. The challenges facing Europe today – be they political, geopolitical, economic, ecological or social – oblige us to rethink our economy in favor of a system that is […]
HOW CAN A MICRO-ENTREPRENEUR BECOME A SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR?The Story of a Social Entrepreneur Ahmed Aiyoun is a young man from Minia, Egypt, who benefited from PPI- People Power Inclusion‘s expertise in supporting entrepreneurship. SAGE – Sustainable Accelerated Growth in Egypt is a European Union funded program managed and operated by a joint venture between CEOSS – Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services […]
ACTA VISTA: combining professional inclusion to the restoration of endangered historical heritageACTA VISTA: combining professional inclusion to the restoration of endangered historical heritage Founded in 2002 in the French city of Marseille, ACTA VISTA is a non-profit organisation specialised in professional inclusion through the preservation of endangered historical heritage sites. ACTA VISTA supports people who have difficulty entering the labour market, by training them in the […]
Zoom on : Nthakoana Maema, program manager at ORIBI in cape townToday we have the chance to chat with Nthakoana, Program manager at ORIBI, to get to know more about her job and ORIBI’s #FoodSystemProgram. ORIBI is an impact incubator founded in 2018 and based in Cape Town. It is part of the PULSE network (Groupe SOS) supporting impact entrepreneurship in Europe and Africa. It […]
Discover how Groupe SOS combines ecology and solidarity!Off to Romania, in Ciocănari village, Dâmbovița county, where Ateliere Fără Frontiere, a Groupe SOS association, cultivates care for the environment and people in promoting urban agriculture and local production of healthy, responsibly grown food. “The happiest vegetables grow on our farm” – says the horticultural engineer of the farm. Bio&co, one of the […]
MigrantVoicesHeard: Enhancing the participation of migrants through the creation of “migrant councils“A dynamic and intercultural society implies the participation of all individuals in the decision-making process that affects their communities and their future. Migrants and refugees are directly affected by integration decisions and policies implemented at local, regional and national level. Yet they are under-represented in political life. The project « MigrantVoicesHeard” aims at setting up migrant […]
Planète Urgence’s commitment to forests preservationDid you know that tropical forests are home to 90% of all living plant and animal species ? Planète Urgence, is an international NGO part of Groupe SOS working to preserve the environment mostly through reforestation, volunteering and awareness-raising programs. It has launched a 2 months awareness-raising campaign “Nos forêts vivantes” (our living forests) from […]
5 initiatives that rhyme Europe and SSEThe European Union is a wonderful opportunity to share skills and pool positive initiatives. For more than 15 years, Groupe SOS has been working with many European partners to place the social and solidarity economy at the heart of the old continent, in many fields. Agroecology, food, integration through employment… Discover 5 of our projects […]
PULSE and Mouvement Impact France committed for a more social and inclusive entrepreneurshipGROUPE SOS, through its impact entrepreneurship support organization PULSE, and Mouvement Impact France launched a national action plan for a more social and inclusive entrepreneurship This action plan, financed by Google.org, the philanthropic subdivision of Google, aims at making entrepreneurship support programs more accessible, at promoting entrepreneurship as a lever for professional integration and at increasing […]
Ateliere Fara Frontiere : a key actor of social economy through work integration in RomaniaAteliere Fără Frontiere (Workshops without Borders) is a non-profit association for the social, professional and civic integration of vulnerable, excluded and marginalised people. It is a key actor of social economy in Romania since its activities are based on the principle of solidarity and social utility. It particularly implements work integration programs linked to […]
Zoom on : Rachid Abidi Director of Tunis’ incubator for entrepreneurs « Lab’ess »Lab’ess – which means « Everything is going well » in Tunisian – was created in 2012 just after the Tunisian revolution. It is an association under Tunisian law associated with PULSE, an international organization part of GROUPE SOS supporting impact entrepreneurship. The area of intervention focuses on the Maghreb and the Middle East with 75% of […]
SOS GROUP is committed to social entrepreneurship as part of the French Presidency of the Council of The European Union.At the beginning of January 2022, the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union began for a period of six months. In this context, the French President Emmanuel Macron gave a speech lauching this presidency and detailing its several objectives. He highlighted the promotion of democracy and gender equality, the protection of the […]
Alexandre Lourié, new General Manager of GROUPE SOS International actionFormer General Manager for Culture at GROUPE SOS for more than 4 years, Alexandre Lourié is back at GROUPE SOS as General Manager for International action, after a year spent in Sweden. Alexandre Lourié first joined GROUPE SOS in 2016 where he launched and led the Culture activities. Before his first experience at GROUPE SOS, […]
« MANA : the trajectory of migrant women towards success » : a project co-financed by the European Social Fund for women in the French city of BordeauxCreated in 2002, MANA is an association belonging to the SOS GROUP « Solidarity », which works in favour of access to law to the inhabitants of the economically disadvantaged neighbourdhoods of the Aubiers, in Bordeaux. « MANA : the trajectory of migrant women towards success » project, co-financed by the European Social Fund (ESF), ran from January 2021 […]
Ateliere Fara Frontiere wins third place in the Civil Society PrizeOur organization Ateliere Fara Frontiere has won the third place of the Civil Society Prize awarded by the European Economic and Social Committee. The prize recognises organisations that work on a daily basis to promote a just transition towards a low-carbon and climate-resilient economy.
Online Workshop on Mental health and exit programmes in the framework of the Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN).Last Tuesday 7th December, the Groupe SOS Solidarités – ASSFAM/ARTEMIS organised an online Workshop on Mental health and exit programmes in the framework of the Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN). The RAN connects frontline practitioners from across Europe with one another, and with academics and policymakers, to exchange knowledge, first-hand experiences and approaches to preventing and […]
3 days to discuss global governance : SOS GROUP at the 2021 Paris Peace ForumThe Paris Peace Forum is an international event that occurs every year to discuss the challenges of world governance and multilateralism. For the fourth consecutive year, the Paris Peace Forum brought together the most important players in global governance. Heads of state and government and CEOs of major multinationals, as well as several civil society […]
COP 26 : time for SOS GROUP to take a stance regarding world climate issuesA feedback on Glasgow’s awaited COP 26 After several days of debates and discussions, here is what we learned from COP26. 100 countries pledge to end deforestation by 2030. More than 40 countries are planning to phase out the use of coal. The signatories, including many banks, say they are stopping funding for the coal industry. […]
Four SOS Group structures have been selected by the Erasmus+ programme!This October, four organisations of the GROUPE SOS have obtained funding from the Erasmus+ programme in order to implement their project in partnership with different European organisations: -Acta Vista: as lead partner for the « Fostering heritage safeguarding and social inclusion in Europe » project, this association wishes to lead a strategic partnership to make the renovation […]
4 SOS Group organisations are looking for host partners – Erasmus+ 2021 accreditation, Action 1: Partnership in adult and vocational education and trainingThis year, 4 SOS Group organisations have obtained an Erasmus+ accreditation. This tool granted by the European Union allows easier access to the Erasmus+ programme’s funding for mobility activities and cross-border exchanges. Our 4 accredited organisations can now receive funding for mobility activities for a seven–years period, starting in 2021. Keen to engage with […]
ZOOM ON: Audrey Negui, Regional Director Western and Central Africa at PPIFormerly known as Positive Planet International, PPI (People, Power, Inclusion) joined SOS GROUP this summer. More than 70 people work at PPI worldwide with ongoing projects in the Middle East and North Africa as well as Sub-Saharan Africa on access to entrepreneurship, financial inclusion and, inclusive value chains. Audrey Negui, Regional Director for Western and […]
ReNews: an innovative european project in the field of media literacyIn recent years, the digital media environment has been deeply transformed by the new uses of the Internet and the key role social media now play in democratic debate. While these upheavals are an undeniable progress for freedom of expression and information, they also come with many dangers, to which young people are particularly vulnerable, […]
SOS Group is now part of OECD’s Global Action : Promoting Social & Solidarity Economy EcosystemsThe International action sector team of SOS GROUP is a key contributor to the OECD Global Action Promoting Social & Solidarity Economy Ecosystems program. In 2020, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) launched this initiative founded by the EU to promote the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) around the globe. It involves more than […]
48 hours of exchanges to driving change in the world: Convergences World Forum– By Anna Lanfranchi, Development Officer at SOS GROUP International action On September 2nd and 3rd, in Paris, Palais Brongniart, I attended the Convergences World Forum for SOS GROUP, a reunion aimed at engaging participants to commit to a three-zero world: « Zero Exclusion, Zero Carbon, Zero Poverty ». For more than 10 years, the Convergences […]
POSITIVE PLANET INTERNATIONAL JOINS SOS GROUP TO PERPETUATE AND DEVELOP ITS ACTIVITIESPositive Planet International, until then a branch of the Positive Planet collective, founded in 1998 by Jacques Attali, is joining SOS Group, in order to perpetuate its activities: preventing the emergence and persistence of precarious situations in the least developed countries. Positive Planet and SOS Group are working together to facilitate this transition. A non-governmental […]
Open-up to Europe thanks to the Erasmus+ accreditation !EU’s Erasmus+ programme is becoming more accessible and easier to implement, thanks to new tools that facilitate the application process for organizations. Four SOS GROUP structures have seized this opportunity and obtained an Erasmus+ accreditation, a simpler way to access European mobility activities. The Erasmus+ Accreditation: an easier gateway to Erasmus+ mobility For more than […]
Generation Equality Forum: SOS GROUP takes concrete action for womenFrom 30 June to 2 July, Paris is hosting the second phase of the Generation Equality Forum, a global gathering in favour of equality between men and women, organised by UN Women in partnership with youth and civil society. SOS GROUP, committed to gender equality, is proud to participate in the Forum and to be […]
Cooking together, elderly and youngsterA European culinary initiative that crosses borders and generations Silver Fourchette, an organization that wishes to promote a balanced and environmentally friendly diet adapted to the elderly, is organising a cross-border and intergenerational culinary meeting, thanks to the European INTERREG cooperation project. From April to December 2021, the project will gather seniors and children from Switzerland and France, to cook recipes and […]
Let’s act together, for a fairer and more sustainable EuropeSince its creation, the European Union has always heated political debates and has often been accused of being too distant from its citizens, with no social policy and struggling to coordinate Member States in front of the social and ecological challenges of our time. Nevertheless, the European Union has put in place concrete and accessible […]
PROJECT FOCUS: DIABE by Planète UrgencePlanète Urgence has launched a new project in Madagascar: « DIABE » stands for Integrated Development, Planning, and Wood-Energy in French. Supported by the European Commission, DIABE aims to ensure forest preservation and economic development in Madagascar. The main objective of the DIABE project is to contribute to the sustainable improvement of income and food security of […]
ZOOM ON Afrique Pulse by PULSEPulse, SOS GROUP’s star of entrepreneurship acceleration, is implementing a 3-year project focused on improving the Social and Solidarity Economy in Morocco, Tunisia, and South Africa. The 3-year project aims to strengthen organizations working in the ecosystem of the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) and to contribute to the sustainable development of the actions of the SSE to respond effectively to the socio-economic and […]
GROUPE SOS SOLIDARITES ARTEMIS/ASSFAM IS LOOKING FOR PARTNERS – CALL FOR PROPOSALS, ERASMUS+ 2021, ACTION 2: STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS FOR ADULT EDUCATIONYou are an actor in the audiovisual field? Your organization works with young NEETs and wishes to commit to an encouraging and helpful European project? Join us! Groupe SOS Solidarités ARTEMIS/ASSFAM is now looking for European partners to set up a project that aims to increment skills of professionals who work with young people who […]
ACTA VISTA IS LOOKING FOR EUROPEAN PARTNERS – CALL FOR PROPOSALS, ERASMUS + 2021, ACTION 2: Strategic partnerships for vocational education and trainingYou are an actor in the renovation of historical heritage and wish to commit to an inclusive and supportive project? Join us now! ACTA VISTA is currently looking for European partners to carry out a project that aims to foster the alliance of labour market inclusion and heritage safeguarding in Europe. ACTA VISTA wants to […]
Interview: Nazim Akrami, Country Director of Afghanistan LibreMy name is Mohammed Nazim Akrami. I used to work on the front line against the Taliban regime on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
Three SOS GROUP’s organisations awarded with an Erasmus+ fundThis year, SOS GROUP is thrilled to announce that three of its organizations were successfully granted an Erasmus+ fund!
Social entrepreneurship, a key for cooperation and exchange among Balkan youthThe RISE project aims to enrich the Western Balkans social entrepreneurship ecosystem and enable young people to develop innovative societal solutions.