Icon Our WorkInclusive social security and the social contract

A strong social contract – “the implicit agreement among members of a society that defines their relationship with each other and the state” – is at the heart of any country’s chances of achieving stability and prosperity.

Despite a growing body of evidence that inclusive social security is central to building the social contracts required to underpin stable and prosperous nations, social security systems in MENA countries remain generally weak. The prevailing model for social security excludes a large proportion of the population living on middle (but still insecure) incomes, who are often the primary protagonists of popular unrest: the “missing middle”.

Author Daisy Sibun writes how governments can strengthen social contracts by beginning to build more inclusive social security systems.