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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