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Leaving no one behind: Addressing inequalities and exclusions through the Global Pluralism Index

Agenda 2030 encompasses an aspiration to achieve sustainable progress for all and to “leave no one behind”, but systematic exclusion and structural inequalities persist around the world. The lack of capacity to measure the state of exclusion and monitor trends over time presents a major obstacle to overcoming these issues.

The Global Centre for Pluralism (GCP) defines pluralism as a set of values and actions, founded on respect for diversity, that support and sustain inclusive societies. GCP developed a unique analytical framework called the Global Pluralism Index that is based on qualitative research about the drivers of pluralism in diverse societies. The Index includes indicators for pluralism and a methodology for measurement that was tested in selected countries. Building on a five-year research program, GCP is now in a position to lay the groundwork to scale up the geographic coverage of the Index.

GCP will conduct research to improve capacity to capture the intersectional nature of diversity and experiences of pluralism around the world. They will establish and collaborate with a network of partners in three regions to implement assessments using the Index in six countries. The findings will facilitate engagement with key in-country stakeholders to inform policy and practice. To promote the uptake of findings for practical use, GCP will build capacity for data analysis and dissemination, including the development of an interactive data visualization platform.

Project ID
Project Status
36 months
IDRC Officer
Tavinder Nijhawan
Total Funding
CA$ 500,000.00
North of Sahara
South Asia
South of Sahara
Institution Country
Project Leader
Matthew Burkard
Global Centre for Pluralism/Centre mondial du pluralisme
Institution Country
Global Centre for Pluralism/Centre mondial du pluralisme