Knowledge Note

A newly published study, Social Cohesion and Forced Displacement, reviews existing academic literature and practice to better understand how to target and design policy and operations for displaced persons in ways that do not exaggerate social tensions. Grappling with how we conceptualize the term “social cohesion” is the point of departure for the review. The study finds that lack of clarity around the term is pervasive and there is variability in how the concept is deployed and understood. This desk review aims to contribute toward a stronger conceptual and practical understanding of social cohesion in the context of forced displacement. The review includes reflection on the current portfolio of WBG forced displacement projects, many of which have a stated aim to improve social cohesion.

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