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5th Social Cohesion Online Seminar

Key facts

02.04.2024 - 02.04.2024
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Online - WebEx
World Bank / German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS)


The fifth seminar of the series had an exciting, evidence-based discussion on inter-group cohesion, highlighting findings from evaluations of different strategies to promote trust or change perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors towards others in diverse societies. Salma Mousa offered a review of the evidence on the effectiveness of three promising approaches --- intergroup contact, perspective-taking, and building a shared national identity. Alexandra Scacco presented a new study examining whether intergroup contact between hosts and refugees reduces prejudice in Lebanon. This study builds on a program offering psychosocial support to vulnerable Lebanese and Syrian youth. It tests the effects of delivering this program in mixed classrooms, and of combining it with an additional intervention focused on empathy and perspective taking.  

This event was part of the Social Cohesion Online Seminar Series jointly hosted by the World Bank Social Sustainability and Inclusion Global Practice, and the German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS). We highly enjoyed this opportunity to discuss the implications of a growing body of evidence on inter-group cohesion for policy and project design.

Please find the video recording here: https://youtu.be/QY6ZaoadQnA?si=4lR4mnUeBqkU-x4Y

Contact Information

Online Seminars are held regularly and are announced on the IDOS-Website as well as the Events sub-page of the Social Cohesion Hub. If you have any question on the series, or would like to participate or even present, please contact Armin von Schiller.