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What is the Global Pluralism Award?

The Global Pluralism Award is a program that aims to recognize individuals, businesses, organizations, and governments who are tackling the challenge of living peacefully and productively with diversity. Beyond public recognition and a monetary prize, the Award aims to raise the profile of pluralism champions globally, inspire action and motivate a broader community to innovate in their respective fields of practice.

Who manages the Award?

The Award is an initiative of the Global Centre for Pluralism, an international research and education centre located in Ottawa, Canada. The Award is managed by a dedicated secretariat based in the Centre’s office in Ottawa.

Why was the Award started?

The Award was born out of the reality that building inclusive societies requires great effort but often comes with little recognition or support. The Centre wants to support the examples of “pluralism in action,” not only by providing financial support, but also by showcasing and sharing their work with a global audience.

How often is it awarded?

The Award is presented to three recipients once every two years.

When will the awardees be announced?

The first cohort of awardees will be announced in April 2017. The Award will be presented to three awardees in November 2017 in Ottawa, Canada.

How can the awardees use the financial support?

Three awardees will be given $50,000 each to further their work in support of pluralism. Award funds must be used for non-profit activities. Awardees will be required to submit a budget with the proposed way in which the funds will be used.

How is the financial support given to me or my organization?

The Centre will enter into an agreement with each of the three awardees. The funds will be disbursed in two installments. Reporting on the use of the funds will be required in accordance with Canada Revenue Agency policies governing charities and the Income Tax Act.

Who can nominate?

Nominations to the Award may be submitted by third party nominators or the candidates themselves. Members of the Centre’s Board of Directors and the Centre’s staff cannot nominate candidates for the Award.

What if I know the jury members? Can I still apply?

It depends. In order to avoid conflicts of interest, close relatives and organizations owned or operated by the jury, the Centre’s Board members and staff are non-eligible. We suggest that you disclose the nature of your relationship when you submit your nomination.

Can I nominate myself?

Yes. Applications from individuals or organizations are encouraged. However, the Centre will require that these applicants receive an endorsement by a third party reference.

Can I apply if my organization or initiative is very new or still in its early stages?

Yes. There is no minimum length of operation requirement for candidates. The initiative must have been operational long enough to demonstrate impact and sustainability.

Can a nominator submit more than one nomination?

Yes. Nominators may know more than one suitable candidate for the Award. When signing in to their online profiles on this website, nominators can easily add new nominees.

Can I submit nominations in any other language?

Regrettably, only nominations in English and French are accepted as they are the only common languages among members of the jury.

Who is eligible?

Individuals and institutions (public, private and civil society) are eligible for the Award. You can find a detailed list of eligible nominees here.

Which countries are eligible?

As a global Award, we welcome nominations from any country around the world, both developing and developed countries.

Our organization is funded by an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN). Are we eligible?

Agencies and institutions of the Aga Khan Development Network are not eligible for the Award. However, you are eligible for the Award if you or your organization was funded, or are currently being funded, by a member of the AKDN, provided that the member of the AKDN is not an implementing partner in your organization.

Our organization is funded by the Government of Canada. Are we eligible?

Agencies and departments of the Government of Canada (at the federal level) are not eligible for the Award. However, you are eligible for the Award if you or your organization were funded, or are currently being funded, by the Government of Canada.

I am not sure if my field of work relates to pluralism. How can I find out?

A wide range of disciplines are related to pluralism including, but not limited to, legal reform, human rights, democracy promotion, social cohesion, education, ethnic relations, conflict resolution, peacebuilding, migration and integration, etc. If you are unsure of whether your work is related to pluralism, please do not hesitate to ask us.

Shall I expect an acknowledgement of my nomination?

Yes. Once your nomination has been submitted, you shall receive an automated acknowledgement email. Please check your spam/junk mail folder. If you don’t receive the acknowledgement email, please contact us to confirm that your nomination has been received.

Should I expect a notification of my nomination’s status?

Yes. All candidates will be notified of their status in due time. Non-shortlisted candidates will be notified by the end of November 2016. Shortlisted candidates that are not among the three awardees will be notified in April 2017.

I missed the deadline. Can I still nominate?

No. Late submissions will not be considered. Nominations are not accepted on an ongoing basis but only during nomination periods. If you would like to learn about the next Award nomination period, please join our mailing list.

How are the awardees determined?

An independent international jury of experts will evaluate submissions using three main criteria: impact, innovation and authenticity.

What happens if I or my organization is selected as an awardee?

This is what the three awardees can expect:

  • Awardees will be notified in Spring 2017.
  • In November 2017, each of the three Awardees or their delegates will be invited to the Award Ceremony in Ottawa, Canada. All costs, including economy airfare, accommodation and daily allowance will be covered.
  • The Centre will work with Awardees to develop a customized, one-year program of in-kind support and engagement from January to December 2018.
Can I submit my nomination again in 2019?

Yes. If you did not receive the Award in 2017, we encourage you to resubmit your nomination for the 2019 Award. In order to do so, you can log in to your existing profile, update it and resubmit it.

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