Study on Social Cohesion between Rohingya and host communities in Teknaf

Funded by: Society for Health Extension and Development (SHED)

Background of the study:

The relationship between hosts and Rohingya (refugee) communities is unequal and contentious. Both groups use their power to negotiate as they interact. This process results in parallel and evolving trends that both communities weaken social cohesion. Rohingya refugees are treated as lower status by the hosts, and struggle with the experience of exclusion and discrimination. In this regard, an integrated study is needed to understand the causes and remedies of social tension as well as fragile social cohesion among host communities and Rohingya (refugee) communities.

Objectives of the study:

The study aims to inform evidence-based causes of social tension which are responsible for social cohesion and strategic measures to strengthen cohesion among host and Rohingya communities in the project area. The specific objectives of the study are as follows:

  • To explore the root causes of weakning social cohesion among host and rohingya communities;
  • To provide a comprehensive evidence base of the diverse multi-sectoral needs among refugee population and host communities to strengthen social cohesion;