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The world has changed markedly since the beginning of the new millennium. "Shifting Wealth" describes a phenomenon in which the centre of economic gravity of the world has progressively shifted from West to East and from North to South, resulting in a new geography of growth. The new scenario presents some major opportunities and challenges for the creation of socially cohesive societies. This report examines social cohesion in fast‐growing developing countries and provides policy makers with recommendations for ways to strengthen it. A cohesive society works towards the well‐being of all its members, fights exclusion and marginalisation, creates a sense of belonging, promotes trust, and offers its members the opportunity of upward mobility. This report looks at social cohesion through three different, but equally important lenses: social inclusion, social capital and social mobility.

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: November 1, 2011

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