The Intercultural City Step by Step. Practical guide for applying the urban model of intercultural integration

This policy is also referred to as: Intercultural Cities: Towards a model for intercultural integration. The Intercultural cities joint action of the Council of Europe and the European Union offers a methodology and a set of tools to support cities in

adopting an intercultural approach to integration. The approach is to link governance and policies for cultural diverse cities.

Publication date: August 2012 version (document is regularly updated). Intercultural Cities (ICC): Towards a model for intercultural integration, 2009, published as book in 2010 by P. Wood
Document type:
policy
Contributing country:
the Netherlands. However, it is a joint COE-EU initiative.
Covering city:
Various European cities; insights and examples are mainly from cities participating in the Intercultural Cities project and associated cities (not only in the EU, but also non-EU European cities).

 

Summary: Intercultural Cities - Towards a model for intercultural integration

A group of experts accompanied the cities in reviewing and adapting their policies. Peer exchanges provided inspiration and support in making choices. The European Consumer Centres Network (ECC) website provides relevant guides, methods, examples and an index to measure progress. The Intercultural City Step by Step is a practical guide for city leaders and practitioners; it provides advice on steps and measures which could help the city develop an intercultural strategy, and illustrates this with questions, suggestions and practice examples. The publication ‘Intercultural Cities: Towards a model for intercultural integration’ offers more insights into the ICC programme.
The ICC concept helps cities to address the challenges of an increasingly diverse population. It implies a holistic, inclusive and proactive approach to diversity, a vision on diversity as a resource, a policy to combat discrimination,  adaptation of the governance, institutions and services to the needs of a diverse population, a strategy and tools to deal with diversity and cultural  conflict, and encouragement of  intercultural interaction and mixing in public spaces as a means of building trust and community.

EU involvement: a joint pilot initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Commission

The Intercultural Cities Programme, launched in 2008, is a joint pilot initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Commission. In the period 2008-2009, the Intercultural cities pilot succeeded in designing, testing and validating a comprehensive methodology and a set of tools to enable local authorities to develop intercultural policies and strategies in partnership with civil society, professionals and public services. The follow-up phase started in 2011, aims at  consolidating the ICC methodology; developing an evidence base to demonstrate the benefits; build pedagogical tools and enlarge the expert pool; and develop further the a community-driven method for shaping the ICC.


Organisation: Council of Europe
Phone: +33 388 41 32 19
Email: irena.guidikova@coe.int