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Case Studies | November 10, 2021

Enhancing Outcomes by Integrating Social Cohesion & Justice

Case Studies from CRS’ Strategic Change Platform 1

Thriving societies begin with social cohesion and justice. When people and communities are empowered to address what divides them, uphold what unites them, and act together for stronger, healthier and more just social ties, they are better able to achieve their recovery and development priorities. This transformational change is the foundation for local leadership, local ownership and sustainable impact. Taken together, social cohesion and justice provide the glue for people to live healthy and economically secure lives supported by just institutions.

CRS’ Strategic Change Platform 1 promotes a more systematic and deliberate integration of social cohesion and justice approaches across all our humanitarian and development work. This collection of case studies illustrates the power of strengthening the social fabric to address overlapping challenges.

  • In West Darfur, Sudan, Taadoud demonstrates how diverse communities of subsistence farmers and nomadic pastoralists organized themselves to develop an inclusive and equitable approach for effective community governance around natural resources.
  • Senegal’s Elagnoul project demonstrates how communities benefit when all voices are represented to enhance positive relationship building and decision-making.
  • COSOPAX in Central Africa’s Great Lakes region shows that combining social cohesion with economic strengthening efforts increased women’s agency, visibility and voice within their households and communities, improved their economic well-being and empowered them to serve as peace advocates in communities recovering from conflict.
  • In Athens, Greece, Livelihoods and Psychosocial Support to Refugees and Asylum Seekers programming shows how improving the social integration and overall wellbeing of refugees enhances broader livelihood issues of safe shelter, language instruction, employment workshops, and vocational training.