Compendium: Latest developments
and complementary Intercultural cities work
Cities participating in the Intercultural cities
programme initially undergo expert and peer reviews of their policies, governance and practice. This review takes the form of narrative reports and city profiles – a form which is very rich in content and detail but relatively heavy as a monitoring tool to communicate progress and results.
Intercultural Cities Index, newly available on the
Compendium information system, is a complementary tool, capable of visually illustrating the level of achievement of each city and its progress over time, therefore enabling comparison with other cities. This tool makes it easier to identify and communicate where a city stands in relation to intercultural integration, where effort should be focused in the future and which other cities could be a source of good practice in these particular areas.
Any city, regardless of whether it is a member of the Intercultural cities
network or not, can reply to the
Index questionnaire and have its results analysed.
In addition, four new countries joined the
Compendium and work on their policy profiles is underway: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Andorra, Cyprus and Belarus. Therefore the Compendium will soon comprise all Council of Europe member states. With the introduction of
an international expansion (known under the label "World-CP System") the result of
European intergovernmental cultural co-operation proves to be a success.
As for 2011 priorities, the system will focus on data quality control, optimal collaboration of the expanding community of Compendium experts, through a revised recruitment procedure (e.g. call for interest to become a Compendium expert) and the elaboration of the thematic space on ethics and cultural rights. As in previous years, adequate financing of the system is key.
In 2010, member states provided substantial resources to the project in the form of voluntary contributions. It is hoped that this trend can be maintained in 2011.