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In the 2018 Geneva rankings of the world’s Top500 NGOs, Symphonia for South Africa is ranked as one of the Top100 non-profit organisations in the world (number 97) against a range of criteria which include the strength of its impact, governance and innovation (January 2018).
In November 2017 Dr Louise van Rhyn, the founder and CEO of social enterprise Partners for Possibility, was shortlisted for the Ideas into Practice Award at the Thinkers50 Global Awards for management and leadership thinkers.
Women In Entrepreneurship, Infrastructure and Sustainable Energy Development
(WEISED) presented Louise van Rhyn, founder of PfP with the WEISED Leading Woman of Africa Special Recognition Honorary Award in recognition of her tenacity and invaluable contribution to the advancement of women and to Africa’s socio-economic growth (November 2017).
Brand South Africa, together with Owami Women, acknowledged PfP for its commitment and contribution towards positive social change in South Africa (September 2017).
The PfP programme was announced as joint winner of the Partnering for Change Award at the Beyond Painting Classroom Conference in September 2017.
Dr Louise van Rhyn, PfP’s founder and CEO, was named as a finalist in the Fast Growth Women-Owned SMME category at the Standard Bank Top Women Awards in August
Dr Louise van Rhyn was shortlisted in the Inspiration category of the prestigious annual EduWeek Awards held in October 2017.
PfP was the only African recipient of an award at the Leadership Excellence and
Development (LEAD) Awards 2017, being recognised in the Top Leadership Partner category for the most advanced and transformational leadership programmes in the world (February 2017).
PfP was recognised by Unashamedly Ethical in the Western Cape for its tireless work in supporting and improving the South African basic education sector (June 2016).
In the 2016 Eduweek Awards PfP was chosen as a finalist for NGO of the Year (June 2016).
In 2016, the Innovation Partnership Network recognised PfP, with an IPN Global Best Award, as one of the most innovative education projects on the African continent.
On local soil, Toastmasters International honoured Dr Louise van Rhyn with its
Toastmasters Communication and Leadership Award. The Award celebrated her
leadership in founding and extending the PfP programme throughout South Africa (July 2016).
Leadership Excellence and Development Awards (LEAD) Awards 2015 which are adjudicated by, an international human resource organisation. Symphonia for South Africa was announced as one of the Top 15 International Leadership Development providers. PfP was the only provider from the African continent in the Top 15 (February 2015).
At the 2015 International Partnership Network (IPN) global conference in Belgium, PfP was singled out for its work in developing leaders in the education sector and, at the same time, addressing some of the most complex challenges faced by this sector. PfP received an IPN Global Best Award at this conference (August 2015).
In 2014 Symphonia for South Africa was the recipient of the coveted Reconciliation Award bestowed by the The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation in recognition of the powerful impact of the PfP programme in promoting education and, ultimately, reconciliation in South Africa.
PfP was selected for the 2014 World Design Capital as a project that shows innovative thinking and design in tackling complex challenges faced in education in South Africa (October 2014).
The PfP programme was the recipient of the 2013 Business Partner-Emerald Award by the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) for the significant positive impact it has had on 50 schools in Gauteng.
At the 2012 Global CSR Awards in Mumbai, Louise van Rhyn received a Social
Entrepreneurship Award for her role in establishing a programme (PfP) that is
contributing to better education and community engagement, to business growth and to reducing poverty in South Africa.
In 2012 Louise van Rhyn received the Ogunte Women’s Social Leadership Award in
recognition of her achievement in developing an innovative and bold solution to a pressing social issue.

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