There have been programmatic efforts over the past two decades aimed at addressing the challenges to social cohesion in Guyana. Most notable are the peacebuilding activities under the Multi-Donor Social Cohesion Programme (SCP) implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), from 2003 to 2006, and a similar programme implemented by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) around that time. During the period, July 2016 – February 2017, the Ministry of Social Cohesion (MOSC), with support from UNDP, undertook the preparation of Guyana’s first Five- (5) Year Strategic Plan for Promoting and Enhancing Social Cohesion in Guyana. It should be recalled that on 3rd and 4th September 2015, the Ministry of Social Cohesion organized a Roundtable, under the theme: Social Cohesion for Lasting Peace and Unity. The Roundtable was intended to serve “… as a vital mechanism through which citizen perspectives, ideas and recommendations can be presented to support identification of key issues, opportunities and best practices in bringing an ethnically divided society together”.

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