Vertical Social Cohesion in Catholic Relief Services’ Binding, Bonding, and Bridging (3Bs) Methodology
Join the Kroc Institute for a lecture by Valarie “Vat” Kamatsiko, currently working with Catholic Relief Services as the Africa Peacebuilding Technical Advisor providing support to CRS programs across Africa. Vat is a Catholic Relief Services Visiting Research Fellow at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies this semester.
Vat’s lecture will focus on the concept of vertical social cohesion in Catholic Relief Services’ Binding, Bonding, Bridging (or 3Bs) methodology. The methodology initially developed in Mindanao, Philippines, was further refined in the Central African Republic, and has since been applied in more than 10 countries in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East with favorable results. However, lessons learned and recommendations from case studies indicate that while there were successes in effecting change at personal and relational levels, the opportunities to impact systems and structures were either missed or under-explored. This lecture will offer a crystallized definition of vertical social cohesion and offer insights for improving the methodology.