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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OMOD

Scrutinizing Oslo public services through an intercultural lens
2016
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There is a large and very active voluntary sector concerned with diversity in Oslo and it plays a vital role in many things from combating racism and discrimination to the delivery of mainstream public services. One of the most interesting from an intercultural perspective is OMOD - Organisasjon mot offentlig diskriminering (Organization against Institutional Discrimination). They provide information, advice, and assistance to organisations in the area of race relations, serving as an ombudsman against institutional discrimination and alleged breaches of civil and human rights in Norway.

They also scrutinize the central and local government's rules and policies and their implementation in relationship to minorities and immigrants. Whilst this in itself is an important but rather commonplace set of functions, the way OMOD perceives itself is as an opportunity to appraise OMOD. They pose a challenge to Norwegian society by arguing that integration is not simply an issue for migrants but for all.


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