Intercultural Integration Academy
Intercultural Cities offers to its member a comprehensive range of instruments and methodologies: benchmarking, policy reviews and recommendations, peer and expert advice for policy innovation, tested methodologies in specific policy fields, impact evaluation and communication.
Nonetheless, it can take a considerable amount of time and effort for cities to appropriate concepts and tools, as well as involve and train staff and other stakeholders in policy debates, which, in return, can prevent cities from fully benefitting from the know-how and opportunities the programme provides. This is particularly true for new cities joining the programme that have little experience with migration and integration and need to develop and implement migrant/refugee inclusion policies as a matter of urgency.
In order to help build knowledge and capacity in cities rapidly and streamline the process, the Intercultural Integration Academy is conceived as a 5 days intensive and immersive course, a useful space where to find all basic information, as well as to be presented with all the services and tools of the programme.
The Mayor and members of his/her cabinet; City Council representatives in charge of integration/diversity/equality/inclusion/social cohesion and other related issues; key policy officers (Heads of department etc.); community services representative(s), including for cultural and arts policy and initiatives; municipal staff from different directorates, notably project managers of relevant related programmes or initiatives (including city planning, education, housing, economy/employment, public services etc.); appointed manager/coordinator for the Intercultural Cities programme (applicable only if the city is already an Intercultural cities member); key NGO representatives (eg members of the migrant/integration consultative bodies); communication officers and officials in charge of media and public relations.
The Intercultural Integration Academy will be structured as a 5 days intensive and immersive programme replicable in different cities and with the goal of streamlining the process of appropriating concepts and tools:
DAY 1 – INTRODUCTION AND DISCUSSION WITH STAKEHOLDERS
The first day will be the occasion to review background researches and international legal instruments underpinning the Intercultural Integration concept. This will also allow a general discussion with stakeholders focusing on city’s expectations and objectives for participating to the programme, perceived strengths and weaknesses of the city, successful outcomes and particular needs. Stakeholders will also be presented with services and activities cities can benefit from.
DAY 2 – CULTURAL COMPETENCE TRAINING
DAY 3 – INTERCULTURAL MESSAGING AND COMMUNICATION
DAY 4 and 5 – FOCUS ON SPECIFIC AREAS (CHOSEN BY THE CITY ACCORDING TO THEIR NEEDS)
During 10 years of activity a number of specific areas have been deepen and lessons drawn. Cities can now benefit from the knowledge of specific experts on these fields.
Therefore, the last two days of the Academy can be built according to the needs, objectives and priorities of the city, choosing among different modules covering topics as Anti-rumour Strategy, Diversity in business, Community Development, Cultural Heritage Participatory Mapping, Community-Based Results Accountability and many more.