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Intersections: Practicing Pluralism

Intersections: Practicing Pluralism is a series designed for practitioners. Each paper maps an established field of practice or perspective on diversity to identify potential intersections with pluralism.

Pluralism promotes respect for diversity through the recognition and accommodation of human differences in social, economic and political life. Many actors and institutions—local, national, global—contribute to pluralism, as do many fields of policy and practice, including human rights, democracy promotion, peace-building, and international development. But how exactly do these fields of practice relate to pluralism?

By helping practitioners apply a pluralism lens to their work and by showing how many fields of practice already contribute to pluralism, our aim is to open a new global conversation about living peacefully with diversity.

International Development, Sustainable Development Goals and Pluralism

Elisabeth King

How do the concerns of pluralism intersect with those of international development? Practitioners in the field often contend with the issue of diversity as a variable of development. Many have incorporated a pluralistic understanding of diversity into their work to varying degrees. But resources and tools are needed to place pluralism at the centre of development practice—which grapples with the impacts of group-based inequalities and resource competition, as well as questions of state building. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) recommend inclusive approaches to diversity. Practitioners who are committed to pluralism can use the SDGs to raise awareness about the importance of diversity issues and keep the goals of pluralism on the global agenda.




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