What is the Global Pluralism Monitor?
The Global Centre for Pluralism’s work over the past decade and around the world often led to conversations with partners about wanting to better understand the state of pluralism in a country or a given context. Those discussions prompted the development of the Global Pluralism Monitor, a tool that assesses the state of pluralism in countries around the world.
The Monitor utilizes an assessment framework that measures inclusions and exclusions across political, economic and social dimensions, through 20 distinct indicators. Drawing on qualitative and quantitative data, a team of experts produces a country report on the state of pluralism in their society. The reports are grounded in local realities, putting communities’ lived experience at the centre of the analysis.
In an ever-shrinking, ever more diverse world, a genuine sense of pluralism is the indispensable foundation for human peace and progress.
We need tools and we need strong evidence, and we need to reach out, build bridges and engage in dialogue.
Meredith Preston McGhie, Secretary General for the Global Centre for Pluralism
Living and engaging positively with diversity is a challenge all societies face. At the same time, confidence in longstanding institutions, such as constitutions or legislatures, that have previously tried to manage diversity are weakening in many societies. As a result, diverse individuals across the globe are becoming increasingly more vulnerable. Improving the way societies, and their institutions, engage with pluralism is therefore a pressing global issue.
Pluralism helps institutional and societal actors identify opportunities and make choices that increase the recognition and belonging of those who have been excluded. When these choices are made in ways that draw on diversity as a source of strength, better outcomes are possible; from improved educational and economic opportunities, to more inclusive citizenship and stronger human rights protections.
Strengthening pluralism is tied to a more stable future, where people live together in peace and prosperity. A more just, peaceful and prosperous society is a society that is more able to weather difficult circumstances such as pandemics, economic crises, food insecurity and climate change emergencies. Pluralism is directly connected to quality of life.