The Intercultural city aims at building its policies and identity on the explicit acknowledgement that diversity can be a resource for the development of the society.

The first step is the adoption (and implementation) of strategies that facilitate positive intercultural encounters and exchanges, and promote equal and active participation of residents and communities in the development of the city, thus responding to the needs of a diverse population. The Intercultural integration policy model is based on extensive research evidence, on a range of international legal instruments, and on the collective input of the cities member of the Intercultural Cities programme that share their good practice examples on how to better manage diversity, address possible conflicts, and benefit from the diversity advantage.

This section offers examples of intercultural approaches that facilitate the development and implementation of intercultural strategies.

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To get acquainted with cities’ good practices related to the management of the Covid-19 pandemic, please visit Intercultural Cities: COVID-19 Special page.

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Gender and Intersectional Analysis (ADS+)

Concept

Gender and Intersectional Analysis (ADS+) has been developed and deployed as an analytical tool and a process to guide and organise decision making in relation to the programmes and projects of the city. It is founded on gender differences but takes an intersectional approach in addressing differences of social class, disability, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

The ADS+ serves to prevent systemic discrimination and ensure an inclusion of the vulnerable groups. It ensures that the specific needs of a diverse population are understood and addressed in the development and implementation of initiatives. It enables more accessible, safer and more inclusive programmes and projects.

Foundation

The ADS+ process is rooted in the Montréal Charter of Rights and Responsibilities and its commitment to values of human dignity, tolerance, peace, inclusion and equality. It reflects the Montréal Declaration for Cultural Diversity and Inclusion with its commitment to structure municipal actions using an inclusive approach.

Progress

The ADS+ started as a pilot project in 2018 involving two boroughs and five administrative services. Awareness-raising tools have been prepared to motivate staff. An implementation guide, a checklist and a deployment package have been made available to assist staff. This is accompanied by a one-day training session for professionals, managers and elected officials to strengthen capacity. Mentoring and practical support is made available to staff seeking to use the tool.

There are four phases to the ADS+ process:

  • Identify. This involves gathering and analysing relevant data, preparing a situational diagnosis for the programme or project, consultation and determining the relevant issues specific to the groups covered.
  • Formulate. This involves design of the project programme based on the requirements of the groups covered, consultation with those groups, and ensuring a focus on this diversity and its requirements in all project components, including objectives, inputs, outputs, and indicators.
  • Implement. This involves action to implement the project or programme in a manner that addresses ADS+ issues in all activities, with capacity building on ADS+ for relevant stakeholders as needed.
  • Monitor. This involves tracking progress indicators, using inclusive evaluation methods, applying quantitative and/or qualitative ADS+ data to document progress, and making changes to better address ADS+ requirements.

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