International Development, Sustainable Development Goals and Pluralism
Publication Date: April 2017
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.