Pluralism in Practice

The Centre collaborates with a global community of experts, practitioners, policy-makers and thought leaders to generate conversations, events and resources that deepen understanding of pluralism and its applications across multiple fields of practice. The Centre is developing the ability to inject a pluralism perspective into existing global conversations and practices such as those outlined below.

Governance and Democratic Transitions

Governance is a shared understanding of where power and authority reside in society, how they are used and how they are held accountable. Governance creates the rules defining who is a citizen and how citizens interact with the government and one another. The Centre’s work aims to promote understanding of the myriad ways that governance impacts pluralism. For governance to be both just and sustainable, it must be inclusive, participatory and responsive to change.

In conditions of democratic transition, the challenge is to move from insufficiently representative and accountable institutions toward responsive institutions that allow for the diversity of a society to develop.

Pluralism and Peacebuilding

The inability of societies to positively engage with their ethnic, cultural and religious diversity is at the source of many contemporary armed conflicts. Once violent conflict begins, accommodating diversity becomes even more challenging. The longer conflicts continue, the harder it becomes to establish reconciliation. However, not doing so carries serious risks. The failure to embed pluralism in mediation efforts can result in renewed conflict.

The Centre’s work explores how embedding pluralism into peace processes can help address the root causes of conflict and decrease the chances of renewed violence.

Pluralism and the Private Sector

Lack of economic opportunity is a key driver of exclusion around the world by marginalizing specific groups. The inverse is also true – equitable access to the market economy fosters well-being and a sense of belonging. Closing the gaps between haves and have-nots – often drawn along ethnic, religious or other group-based lines – is critical to pluralism. The Centre supports efforts to understand the intersection of diversity and inclusive economic growth. Our work aims to advance policies and actions that encourage inclusion and full participation in labour markets.

Featured Work

International Development

Elisabeth King explores how international development practitioners approach diversity in their work.

Pluralism and Peacebuilding

Recommendations for embedding pluralism in peace processes.

Pluralism and Peacebuilding

Frances Stewart writes about group-based inequalities and the barriers to pluralism.

Governance and Democratic Transitions

Working with Katiba Institute on study of Kenyan constitutional reform

Pluralism and the Private Sector

Launch of new research on the links between pluralism and economic prosperity in Canada.

Migration and Refugee Integration

Human Rights, Minority Rights and Discrimination

Corinne Lennox considers the intersections of human rights and pluralism.