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What Americans, Nigerians, and Iraqis Have in Common?

What Americans, Nigerians, and Iraqis Have in Common?

April 28, 2011

The economic argument for socially inclusive shared societies.

On April 14, 2011, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Gallup and the Club de Madrid hosted an event at The Gallup Building in Washington, D.C. to discuss insights into the relationship between socially inclusive societies and economic wellbeing. The event focused on how leaders and policymakers can leverage the full spectrum of their countries' population to shape future economic prosperity by creating "shared societies." For more information on this event, you may access the Economic Argument for Shared Sociaties of the Club de Madrid, the presentation deck and a recent Gallup news article on the topic of minority acceptance in relation to GDP. You may also watch a video of the presentation.


Many minority populations perceive that their differentiating attribute -- whether it is their race, ethnicity, religion, gender or any other differentiator -- prevent them from fully participating in society. In the wake of the global economic crisis, it is more important than ever for governments to harness the skills and talents of their entire population and it is particularly critical for countries' ongoing innovation, competitiveness, and their ability to overcome economic shocks.

The event featured research findings from the Gallup World Poll that show the relationship between ethno-religious diversity and wellbeing around the world. Speakers and panelists included:


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