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Barclays partnership with UNICEF has been named Overseas Project of the year in the Business Charity Awards 2011.

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We know from this year's awards, and from our wider experience of businesses and charities working together, that Barclays is a clear leader in widening financial opportunity in developing countries
Stephen Cook, Editor of Third Sector Magazine

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

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

Competitors in the category included household goods company Reckitt Benckiser for its work with Save the Children, and Lloyds Banking Group for its collaboration with charity Opportunity International.

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.

Stephen Cook, Chair of the judging panel and Editor of Third Sector magazine which runs the event, said: “We know from this year’s awards, and from our wider experience of businesses and charities working together, that Barclays is a clear leader in widening financial opportunity in developing countries.”

Paulette Cohen, Associate Director, Global Community Investment, added: “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 as being one of the strongest community investment partnerships in the financial sector, and this is great recognition for everyone’s hard work in achieving such significant results.”

Our partnership with Business Action on Homelessness was also recognised at the event. The programme, through which Barclays supports homeless people in developing skills to improve their prospects for employment, was shortlisted for an Employment Scheme award.

Both programmes are part of Barclays community investment programme, which last year invested £55.3m around the world and the time and skills of more than 62,000 colleagues to support disadvantaged communities, reaching more than 1.5 million people.

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