May 15, 2018

"Forging Resilient Social Contracts: A Pathway to Preventing Violent Conflict and Sustaining Peace"

This Summary Findings Report introduces the project context, the project’s research framing, and findings from nine of the 11 case studies.

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This is an 11-country research and policy dialogue project that aims to revitalize the social contract amidst conflict and fragility and to advance policy and practice for preventing violent conflict and for achieving and sustaining peace. The comparative findings provide evidence and insight into what drives social contracts that are inclusive and resilient, and how they manifest and adapt in different contexts, transcending what are often unsustainable, ephemeral elite bargains into more inclusive ones, with durable arrangements for achieving and sustaining peace.

The project involves international scholars, policy advisers and authors from the countries examined: Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Colombia, Cyprus, Nepal, Somalia, South Sudan, South Africa, Tunisia, Yemen and Zimbabwe.

Research findings illuminate how three ‘drivers’ facilitate resilient social contracts to attain and sustain peace: i) inclusive political settlements addressing core conflict issues, ii) institutions delivering effectively and inclusively; and, iii) social cohesion broadening and deepening.

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung
New York Office

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New York, NY 10017

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