Forging Resilient Social Contracts is a research and scholar-policy dialogue project based at Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa. It aims to revitalise the social contract concept amidst conflict and fragility and to advance pathways for preventing violent conflict and achieving and sustaining peace. Findings from Phase I research and policy dialogue work focused on eleven country cases and produced evidence based, context specific findings on how national social contracts manifest and adapt, transcending ephemeral elite bargains into more inclusive, durable arrangements for peace. Phase II of this project is deepening research into critical themes, with emphasis on how to assess the social contract as a pathway to 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 scholar-policy adviser Erin McCandless.
Erin McCandless The striking increase in violent conflict over the last 15 years has been marked by the number of violent conflicts tripling since 2010 and the rise of non-state actor conflict in many regions. Amid the untold suffering there has been an important positive impact: policy consensus at the highest levels that sustaining peace and preventing violent conflict must be
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.