UNICEF's partnership with Barclays has won a prestigious accolade in the Business Charity Awards

The Building Young Futures programme, which provides young people with skills in enterprise and employment, was named Overseas Project of the Year at the awards, held in London on May 9.

Building Young Futures was also highly commended in the Long-Term Charity Partnership category for finance and professional companies, narrowly missing out to BNY Mellon for its work with London-based charity Community Links.

"UNICEF is delighted at this recognition," said Giorgia Varisco, International Programme Co-Ordinator at UNICEF. "When we first embarked in the partnership with Barclays we really tried to set out to do something groundbreaking and innovative. This award has validated all of our efforts in achieving long-term impacts for young people worldwide."  

Since 2008, Building Young Futures has supported nearly 500,000 young people from the world’s poorest communities.

"We’re delighted the programme has been recognised," said Paulette Cohen, Associate Director of Global Community Investment at Barclays. "This is great recognition for everyone’s hard work in achieving such significant results."

 
UNICEF's Giorgia Varisco, Paulette Cohen from Barclays and BBC newsreader Huw Edwards, who presented the awards. © UNICEF/Barclays 2011
UNICEF's Giorgia Varisco, Paulette Cohen from Barclays and BBC newsreader Huw Edwards, who presented the awards.© UNICEF/Barclays 2011