Knowledge Resources: Social Connectedness

Social isolation is the inadequate quality and quantity of social relations with other people. Socially connected people have meaningful and trusting relationships and bonds with those around them, including their peers, families and communities. Social connectedness is important to people because it gives them a sense of belonging, but also because it facilitates their access to opportunities, services and resources.

Much of our research in this area is funded by the Samuel Family Foundation and emerges as a result of work and thinking advanced by Kim Samuel in her collaboration with Oxford University’s Poverty and Human Development Initiative and through her leadership as President of the Samuel Family Foundation. Kim Samuel’s work advances that social isolation includes the experience of profound, sustained loneliness and lack of belonging and can create significant barriers to socio-economic individual and community well-being. Moreover, Kim Samuel has suggested that social connectedness provides people with a sense of belonging through meaningful and trusting relationships and bonds with those around them, facilitates access to supports and opportunities to achieve improvements that are desired and valued by both individuals and groups, and results in tangible assets for communities and nations.

2016 Global Symposium on Overcoming Social Isolation and Deepening Social Connectedness
By Samuel Family Foundation | 12/2016 | Overview | Full Text

Video: Strengthening social connectedness in South Africa
By Synergos | 10/2016 | Watch video

Reconnecting with Children: Lessons from Southern Africa
By Samuel Family Foundation | 5/2016 | Abstract | Full Text

Social Connectedness Journey of Life Workshop Toolkit
By REPSSI | 2/2016 | Full Text

Social connectedness and indigenous approaches to care and support
By Synergos South Africa and the Samuel Family Foundation | 12/2015 | Full Text

Building social connectedness: A brief for practioners working with children & youth
By Synergos South Africa and the Samuel Family Foundation | 10/2015 | Full Text

LINC Fellowship 2015 Retreat - Report from the Spier Gathering
By Synergos | 8/2015 | Report

Overcoming Isolation and Deepening Social Connectedness Symposium
By Samuel Family Foundation, Synergos and partners | 11/2014 | Overview | Report

Video: In conversation with City Year South Africa leaders
By Samuel Family Foundation, Synergos and partners | 10/2014 | See video

Video: In conversation with the Othandweni grannies
By Samuel Family Foundation, Synergos and partners | 10/2014 | See video

Report on Endogenous Models Used by Communities That Have Potential to Support Orphaned, Vulnerable and Isolated Children in Mozambique
By REPSSI | 9/2014| Overview | Full Text

Social Isolation: A Conceptual and Measurement Proposal
Kim Samuel, Diego Zavaleta, and China Mills of OPHI | 2/2014 | Overview | Full Text

From a death, support for life: The Peter C. Alderman Foundation and mental health care in post-conflict countries
In Global Giving Matters | 12/2013 | Full Text

Isolation, Generosity, Giving, and Receiving
By Kim Samuel | 9/2011 | Full Text

Video: Ahp-cii-uk Improves Quality of Life in Communities in Canada
By British Columbia Public Service | 5/2011 | Watch video

Enhancing Collaborative Leadership to Improve Care of Orphaned and Vulnerable Children in South Africa
By OVC Leadership and Innovation Network | 11/2007 | Abstract | Full Text