Social cohesion

Young people, liveable cities and fair social systems strengthen societies from within. That promotes social cohesion in times of crisis.

Global challenges such as the coronavirus pandemic change social interaction: they can create a sense of community or point to conflicts. Social inequalities become more visible – or even reinforced. The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH thus particularly promotes social cohesion. In combination with the power to shape change in the present and adequate social security and health systems, sustainable development is possible.

GIZ’s work focuses on three priority areas: 

  • Young people are the driving force for the changes of tomorrow. GIZ thus supports young people to politically, economically and socially participate – for example by using their digital talents. 
  • Cities offer particular opportunities for boosting social cohesion. Therefore, GIZ involves both residents and decision-makers, creates meeting places and helps reduce economic inequalities.
  • GIZ assists in establishing and expanding technology-based, crisis-resilient social systems – always including disadvantaged groups. This promotes trust in democracy and equitable state institutions, creates access to education and fosters cohesion within civil society.


Ukraine: joining forces to shape the cities of the future

Our References

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Further Information