The HEC Faculty (UNIL), in partnership with UNIL International Relations Service, and the Christophe Pralong Association have awarded the Cadot Prize and the Pralong Prize to 4 students whose projects aim at solving development problems in the world. Discover this year's winners and their projects.
Endowed with a sum of CHF 10'000 each, the Cadot and Pralong Prizes are intended to help a student or a group of students to carry out a social, entrepreneurial or academic project in an emerging country. These awards are open to all students without discrimination, whether they are from the University of Lausanne, EPFL or other universities in French-speaking Switzerland. For this edition, 32 applications were submitted to the jury which decided to support 3 projects.
The Olivier Cadot Prize was awarded to 2 academic projects:
Yasmina Lotfi: doctoral student at the Institute of Psychology at the Faculty of Health Sciences at UNIL.
The proposed project is entitled "Excision in Egypt: what practices and what care provided" and is part of her doctoral thesis in health psychology "Construction of the body and sexuality in the digital age in a Western and non-Western context: experiences of excised women and the role of health professionals". Her thesis examines the Western host context such as Switzerland as well as the context of origin and practice such as Egypt. The aim is to improve care for women who have been circumcised in Switzerland in particular, but also to obtain rich and rare data on a practice context in order to develop guidelines for care in a global way and policies for practice. Yasmina is supported by two partners in Egypt, Al-Jalaa Hospital for Women and Children and FGM Restore, to facilitate her access to the target populations. The Cadot Prize will enable her to finance the costs of her research in Egypt.
Loïc Merzlic: Master's student in Foundations and Practices of Sustainability at the Faculty of Geosciences and Environment at UNIL.
It is within the framework of his work within the Movement for International Cooperation (MCI) that Loïc proposed the project entitled "Adapting development project formulation tools to indigenous realities in Latin America - Geneva perspectives and Embera experiences in Colombia". This research project is part of his Master's thesis and aims to understand the power relations between modern political and relational ontology in international cooperation through environmental issues, with a case study on the project of territorial surveillance and protection of sacred sites in the Embera territories of Chigorodó in Colombia. Loïc can count on the collaboration of the Cabildó Mayor Indígena de Chigorodó in Colombia, a public body representing the indigenous communities of the region. The Cadot Prize will allow him to finance his trip and his field research.
The Christophe Pralong Prize was awarded to 2 students:
Aurélie Monnier, a Bachelor's student in business economics at the Haute école de gestion du Valais, and Loïc Zen-Ruffinen, a Bachelor's student in management at the HEC faculty and a Bachelor's student in biology (UNIL).
Aurélie and Loïc are proposing a social entrepreneurship project entitled "Creation of a social enterprise for reusable sanitary towels to reduce the menstrual insecurity of young women in Tanzania". In Tanzania, most women cannot afford adequate menstrual protection and are not aware of menstruation. This causes many problems, such as shame of going to school, hygiene, cultural taboos and deteriorating sanitation facilities. In order to improve this situation, their project aims to raise awareness and provide access to low-cost reusable (cloth) sanitary pads to 500 young women, and to create employment and empowerment opportunities for 15 young adults through the creation and sale of reusable sanitary pads (social enterprise). The Pralong prize will enable them to cover the costs of travel to Tanzania, as well as the purchase of materials for the manufacture of the pads and the costs of training and promotion.
The HEC faculty warmly congratulates the winners of this 2022 edition and looks forward to the launch of the new call for projects for the 2023 awards in October.