Measuring Pluralism in Diverse Societies: Global Pluralism Index
Living with diversity is a shared global challenge, faced by developed and developing countries alike. Vulnerable groups, such as religious and ethnic minorities, are often subjected to various forms of political, economic, and cultural exclusion in their everyday lives. In order to create peaceful, pluralistic societies, these exclusionary practices must be systematically addressed. To do this, practitioners and policymakers must be able to monitor trends in exclusion and inclusion around the world. However, while there are tools that monitor specific aspects of diversity such as religious freedom or indigenous rights, there are currently no tools that evaluate a society’s treatment of all types of diversity and assess practices across the economic, political, and cultural spheres.
The Global Pluralism Index aims to fill this gap and enable policymakers and practitioners to assess the state of pluralism around the world. In doing so, the Index will also add value to ongoing efforts in the field of upstream conflict prevention, identifying sources of division and exclusion long before conflict erupts, and when interventions may serve to change a negative trajectory.