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Strengthening social cohesion: Conceptual framing and programming implications

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) (2020)

Key facts

Type of publication
Policy paper
Elements of social cohesion
Trust
Identity/feeling of belonging
Connectedness
Participation
Equality/Inequality
Cooperation
Tolerance
Other (adding human security)
Geographical focus
Latin America and Caribbean
South Asia
Middle East and North Africa
East Asia and Pacific
Europe and Central Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa
Main thematic areas
Concept & measurement

Summary

The concept of social cohesion has gained in prominence in recent years as both a goal as well as a programming approach for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in conflict and fragile settings. Notably, the concept continues to be adaptable and fluid depending on its context of usage, and the desired outcome of it employment in particular settings. To ensure a clear, coherent and joint understanding of the concept, this note represents an important step for UNDP in framing social cohesion, sharing insights and lessons from its past and current usage, and, more importantly, translating it into practice that is measurable and impactful.

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