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 Pluralism Index will:
- Raise awareness and catalyze debate about pluralism around the world;
- Include measures of recognition of diversity (laws, policies, practices by states and civil society) and belonging (attitudes and perceptions) across political, economic and cultural domains;
- Enable policymakers, practitioners and change-makers to assess the state of pluralism in their societies, identify where pluralism deficits are taking place, and highlight the pathways towards greater inclusion;
- Track a society’s trajectory of choice over time, either towards greater inclusion or exclusion;
- Identify early signs of division and exclusion, enabling upstream conflict prevention, long before conflict becomes imminent;
- Contribute to ongoing global efforts to measure inclusion for the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals.