Ethnic Pluralism and Diversity Management in Sub Sahara Africa

Proceedings of ‏The 2nd International Conference on New Trends in Social Sciences

Year: 2020


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Ethnic Pluralism and Diversity Management in Sub Sahara Africa

Dr. Erasmus Kofi Appiah



The interplay of ethnic pluralism and diversity management is critical in the creation of an inclusive society. The benefit of an inclusive society is overwhelming, however, ethnicity within a diverse environment poses a significant challenge in the quest to achieve this feat.  In this regard, instilling the sense of belongingness among members of the various ethnic groups within a society fuels inclusiveness. The mosaic of ethnic groups in sub-Sahara Africa underlines the entrenched diversity found within the region. This paper argues and demonstrates that the phenomenon of ethnic pluralism within sub-Sahara Africa (SSA) should form the bedrock of diversity management to ensure inclusion. Invalidating this argument this paper employs in-depth literature spanning ethnicity, diversity, and inclusion management. To this end, effective diversity management may be undergirded by the appreciation and recognition of ethnicity pluralism as one of its significant elements in ensuring inclusion.

Keywords: Appreciation; Belongingness; Inclusion; Interplay; Recognition; Uniqueness.