The Haifa Forum for Interfaith Cooperation (HaiFIC) is a diverse group of spiritual and religious leaders from many different religions and cultures represented in the city of Haifa, in order to promote interaction between the faiths and foster coexistence. It fulfills the need for a distinctly religious voice to call out for interfaith dialogue and cooperation. Supported – among others – by the Ministry of Interior and the National Mediation Center, the Group holds around 4-6 meetings a year for peer learning and to develop social activities that will bring the communities together.
Intercultural cities: good practice examples
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.