Forging Resilient Social Contracts is a research and scholar-policy dialogue project aiming to revitalize the social contract concept amidst countries affected by conflict and fragility, advancing pathways for preventing violent conflict and achieving and sustaining peace. Between 2015-2018, research and policy dialogues focused on nine country cases, producing evidence based, context specific findings on how national social contracts manifest and adapt, transcending ephemeral elite bargains into more inclusive, durable arrangements for peace. The project is supported by an esteemed working group of international scholar and policy advisers, and authors from the countries in focus, directed by Erin McCandless.
Forging Resilient and Inclusive Social Contract and The Role of Local Governance Myanmar based academic institution.
Myanmar based academic institution. March 23, 2022 Presentation
Our Phase I summary findings are now out in French. Please help us circulate to Francophone audiences!
Special Issue on our work in Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding
Our work is now published in the Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, through a Special Issue (14:1) on ‘Resilient Social Contracts and Peace’. Five of our case studies are featured: South Africa, South Sudan, Tunisia, Colombia, and Bosnia and Hercegovina, as well as a deeper investigation into the role of inclusion in forging resilient social contracts. View journal issue and access complimentary opening article.
The project has gratefully received support from UNDP’s Oslo Governance Center, the Julian J. Studley Fund of the Graduate Program of International Affairs at The New School, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung – Berlin and New York.
It is also a proud recipient of a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Award.