La France s’engage au Sud («France commits to the South») is the first offshoot of La France s’engage, an initiative launched by the French president in 2014 and coordinated by Patrick Kanner, Minister of Urban Affairs, Youth and Sport with responsibility for Voluntary Organizations. The innovative programme is run by Patrick Kanner and Annick Girardin,
Minister of State for Development and Francophonie.
La France s’engage seeks to identify, promote, support and facilitate the expansion of socially innovative initiatives developed by charities, foundations and businesses. The projects awarded the La France s’engage label bring new solutions to the challenges facing our society, for example by facilitating access to culture with a multimedia library kit that opens in less than 20 minutes; by enabling those with least access to the labour market to receive training and employed at a local concierge service, which, as well as providing useful services for local residents, helps strengthen social ties; or by encouraging harmonious co-existence and countering religious prejudice through actions designed for children and youth.
The presidential programme is designed to enable isolated but promising projects like these to expand through active support and management capacity from public authorities.
La France s’engage is a permanent call for projects, which every six months selects 15 prizewinners.
The programme offers prizewinners :
- enhanced visibility;
- support, especially financial support;
- assistance in developing their projects from recognised partners and public bodies.