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Organizations

The following organizations address aspects of pluralism as part of their mission and mandate, either on a global or regional basis. See our Indices and Surveys page for a list of organizations that generate comparative information resources or produce research on global diversity issues.



African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) |
South Africa

Keywords: conflict resolution, Africa, knowledge production

The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) is a South Africa-based civil society organisation working throughout Africa to bring creative African solutions to the challenges posed by conflict on the continent. ACCORD's activities are divided between an Interventions Department and a Knowledge Production Department. Within the Intervention Department there are a range of activities further divided into Peacemaking, Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding. The Knowledge Production Department is responsible for a range of publications that include a quarterly magazine Conflict Trends (now in its fifteenth year of publication); books and occasional papers and research reports. In 1999 ACCORD published the first accredited African Journal on Conflict Resolution (AJCR) on the continent, which is published biannually and which is now in its fourteenth year of publication.

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Club de Madrid | Spain

Keywords: democratic, leadership and governance, shared societies, inclusion

The Club de Madrid is an independent non-profit organization composed of over 90 democratic former Presidents and Prime Ministers from more than 60 different countries, constituting the world´s largest forum of former Heads of State and Government, who have come together to respond to a growing demand for support among leaders in two key areas: democratic leadership and governance; and response to crisis and post-crisis situations. Both lines of work share the common goal of addressing the challenge of democratic governance and political conflict as well as that of building functional and inclusive societies, where the leadership experience of our Members is most valuable. The Shared Societies Project works globally with various governments, institutions and their leaders, advising them on the best approaches to building a shared society. We define a shared society as one in which all individuals and constituent groups hold status as equally contributing participants, free to express their differences while integrating their voices within the broader population.

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Forum of Federations | Canada

Keywords: federalism, multi-level government, democracy promotion, fragile states

The Forum of Federations is an international governance organization founded by Canada and funded by nine other partner governments – Australia, Brazil, Ethiopia, Germany, India, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan and Switzerland. The Forum of Federations is concerned with the contribution that multi-level government can make to democracy building and democratic consolidation. The Forum assists in democracy promotion in fragile states or regions in post-conflict situation.  It provides innovative solutions to challenges posed by multi-level governance in federal, devolved, and decentralized countries and focuses on the key issues of local empowerment. It provides expertise that bridges the worlds of academic research and real-world practice.

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Freedom House | United States of America

Keywords human rights, liberal democracy, freedom in the world

Freedom House is an independent watchdog organization dedicated to the expansion of freedom around the world. Today, as more than two billion people live under oppressive rule, Freedom House speaks out against the main threats to democracy and empowers citizens to exercise their fundamental rights. The organization analyzes the challenges to freedom; advocates for greater political and civil liberties; and supports frontline activists to defend human rights and promote democratic change. Founded in 1941, Freedom House was the first American organization to champion the advancement of freedom globally. The organization publishes a number of annual signature reports, including Freedom in the World, Freedom on the Net, and the Freedom of the Press and Countries at the Crossroads.

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Global Center for the Responsibility to Protect | United States of America

Keywords: genocide prevention, R2P, early warning

The Global Center for the Responsibility to Protect seeks to transform the principle of the Responsibility to Protect into a practical guide for action in the face of mass atrocities. The Global Center was founded by a number of supportive governments, leading figures from the human rights community, as well as by International Crisis Group, Human Rights Watch, Oxfam International, Refugees International, and WFM-Institute for Global Policy. The Global Center engages in advocacy around specific crises, conducts research designed to further understanding of R2P, recommends strategies help states build capacity, and works closely with NGOs, governments and regional bodies which are seeking to operationalize the Responsibility to Protect. The Global Center publishes the R2P Monitor, a bimonthly publication applying an R2P lens to situations where populations are at risk of, or are currently facing, mass atrocity crimes.

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HD Centre (Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue) | Switzerland

Keywords:conflict mediation, prevention, resolution

The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD Centre) is one of the world's leading conflict mediation organizations. Since 1999, the HD Centre has been helping to prevent and resolve armed conflict, and to alleviate the suffering of those affected by violence. Its mission is to use the tools of private diplomacy to expand the space for the non-violent resolution of armed conflict. The HD Centre opens channels of communication and mediates between parties in conflict, facilitates dialogue, and provides support to the broader mediation and peacebuilding community. The HD Centre occupies a unique position within the mediation field as an organization that mediates and facilitates peace talks, assists mediation actors, carries out capacity building work, and conducts research on mediation issues.

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International Crisis Group | Belgium

Keywords: conflict prevention, early warning, field-based analysis, policy advocacy

The International Crisis Group is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization committed to preventing and resolving deadly conflict. What distinguishes Crisis Group from other organizations working on conflict prevention and resolution is a unique combination of field-based analysis, practical policy prescriptions and high-level advocacy, with key roles being played by senior staff highly experienced in government and by an active Board of Trustees comprising two former prime ministers, two former presidents, eight former foreign ministers, one former European Commissioner, one Nobel Peace Prize winner and many other leaders from the fields of politics, diplomacy, business and the media.

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InternationalIDEA | Sweden

Keywords: liberal democracy, constitutions, electoral assistance, gender equality

The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) is an intergovernmental organization that supports sustainable democracy worldwide. Its programs aim to: provide knowledge to democracy builders; provide policy development and analysis; and support democratic reform. International IDEA is the only global intergovernmental organization with the sole mandate of supporting democracy; IDEA’s vision is to be the primary global actor in sharing comparative knowledge and experience in support of democracy. International IDEA produces comparative knowledge in its key areas of expertise: electoral processes, constitution building, political participation and representation, and democracy and development, as well as on democracy as it relates to gender, diversity, and conflict and security. IDEA brings this knowledge to national and local actors who are working for democratic reform, and facilitates dialogue in support of democratic change.

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Kofi Annan Foundation | Switzerland

Keywords: sustainable development, peace and security, global governance

The Kofi Annan Foundation aims to promote better global governance and strengthen the capacities of people and countries to achieve a fairer, more secure world. To advance this mission the Kofi Annan Foundation has developed programs and partnerships in Sustainable Development and Peace and Security. The Foundation works with other organizations to promote food and nutrition security by empowering small holder farmers in Africa, and encouraging investment throughout the agricultural value chain. The Foundation also builds awareness and promotes policy and institutional development to achieve sustainable development in an era of climate change. The Foundation works in partnership with a number of organizations to identify the threats, driving forces and policy gaps that pose a threat to peace and security, and undermine good governance, the rule of law and respect for human rights.

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Minority Rights Group International | United Kingdom

Keywords: Minorities at risk, indigenous persons, human rights

Minority Rights Group International is an international non-governmental organization that campaigns worldwide to ensure that disadvantaged minorities and indigenous peoples, often the poorest of the poor, can make their voices heard. Through training and education, legal cases, publications and the media, it supports minority and indigenous people as they strive to maintain their rights to the land they live on, the languages they speak, to equal opportunities in education and employment, and to full participation in public life. Minority Rights Group International publishes the State of the World’s Minorities and Indigenous Peoples, the only annual publication that puts the situation of minority communities firmly in the context of global events.

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Open Society Foundations | United States of America

Keywords: tolerant societies, government accountability, citizen participation, diversity, marginalized communities

The Open Society Foundations are a family of offices and foundations created by philanthropist George Soros to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people. Its programs seek to strengthen the rule of law; respect for human rights, minorities, and a diversity of opinions; democratically elected governments; and a civil society that helps keep government power in check. The Open Society Foundations help to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights and implements initiatives to advance justice, education, public health, and independent media. It builds alliances across borders and continents on issues such as corruption and freedom of information. Working in every part of the world, the Open Society Foundations place a high priority on protecting and improving the lives of people in marginalized communities.

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Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe | Austria

Keywords: National minorities, conflict prevention, early warning

With 57 States from Europe, Central Asia and North America, the OSCE is the world's largest regional security organization. It offers a forum for political negotiations and decision-making in the fields of early warning, conflict prevention, crisis management and post-conflict rehabilitation, and puts the political will of its participating States into practice through its unique network of field missions. The post of the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities was established in 1992 to identify and seek early resolution of ethnic tensions that might endanger peace, stability or friendly relations between OSCE participating States. The High Commissioner on National Minorities (HCNM) has a twofold mission: first and foremost, to try to contain and de-escalate tensions and, second, to alert OSCE participating States whenever such tensions threaten to develop to a level which cannot be contained with the means available to the HCNM.

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Transparency International | Germany

Keywords: transparency, accountability, integrity, justice, democracy

The mission of Transparency International is to stop corruption and promote transparency, accountability and integrity at all levels and across all sectors of society. Through these means, the organization seeks to establish a world in which government, politics, business, civil society and the daily lives of people are free of corruption. Through more than 100 national chapters worldwide and an international secretariat in Berlin, Transparency International works with partners in government, business and civil society to put effective measures in place to tackle corruption. From small bribes to large-scale looting, corruption differs from country to country. The organization’s chapters are staffed with local experts who are ideally placed to determine the priorities and approaches best suited to tackling corruption in their countries. This work ranges from visiting rural communities to provide free legal support to advising their government on policy reform.

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