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10 December 2019

Activity Details (ID# 32987)  

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Title Intercultural Cities - training session for new experts 
Description Introduction of the Intercultural Cities programme to the experts joining in. To begin in June 2011 and carry on through December 2011. Training work will include surveying the intercultural achievements, prospects and challenges, as well as recommendations on the possible course of action for the cities joining the programme. 
Status Completed 
Date 01/06/2011 - 31/12/2011 
Location Several locations, Others
Countries Organisations: Council of Europe / European Commission
Groups: States Parties to the European Cultural Convention
  Joint Programme Activity - Int-Cit3
Joint Programme EC/CoE
JP Int-Cit3 - Intercultural cities 2011-2013    (Logframe)  (Activities)
Project Purpose 1 - 2011/DG4/JP/2647   Intercultural cities - governance and policies for diverse communities
Expected Result 1.4 - To develop and test a community-driven method for defining the intercultural strategies of cities, following the principles of results-based accountability (RBA)
Council of Europe Programme of Activities
I – Democracy
Line of Action ⇒ III.3 – Promoting Democratic Governance and Stability
Programme ☆ III.3.5  Intercultural dialogue

Working Method

Visits - Study Visit 
Directorate (Service) Education, Culture and Heritage, Youth and Sport (Directorate of Culture and Cultural and Natural Heritage)
CoE Contact ,   email
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1 http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/cultureheritage/culture/cities/default_EN.asp?  
Last Modified 22/02/2012 

Activity Synopsis (ID# 32987) (Hide Synopsis)

Output/Results Between March and October 2011 expert visits have taken place in 6 pilot cities to meet actors on the ground, monitor progress and provide advice and encouragement. It has been decided to send mostly new ICC experts to these cities, as a means of texting their expertise and understanding of the ICC concept, their operational capacity on the ground, and their reporting skills.

The following visits have taken place

- 24 May 2011 – Tilburg – no new expert, the visit was mostly of a political nature, to establish contact with the new executive team following a change in elections (report available)
- 15-17 June 2011 – Neukölln, Paolo Atanasio, Elena Dingu-Kyrklund (report available)
- 20 -21 June 2011 – Neuchâtel: Alessio Surian and Robin Wilson (report available)
- 22 -25 August 2011 – Izhevsk, expert Anja Gunjak (report pending)
- 3 October 2011 – Patras – Bruno Ciancio and Monica Rossi (report available)
- 10-11 October 2011 – Lublin – Alberto Isetta (with Oliver Freeman) (report available)
- 8-10 November 2011 – Subotica – Robin Wilson (report available)

Some new experts took part in the first expert visits to new cities: Yvonne Hutchinson in Dublin, Marten van Harten in Amsterdam South-East, and Lia Ghilardi in Botkyrka. Beatriz Cangas Rumeu started a new job and was not available for visits at this stage. Richard Zapata (also a “new expert”) has been busy co-coordinating the newly established Spanish network and was not available for visits.

The experts were asked to organise the programme with the local co-ordinator and report on the main findings, observations and recommendations. A debriefing was held on the experience during the Reggio Emilia Summer School. Experts reported that the experience has been positive and professionally enriching, experts felt they were quite at ease with the tasks they were asked to carry out, except when it comes to providing feedback or examples in some specific areas (e.g. housing). One expert recommended better matching between specialisms and expert backgrounds if possible. The difficulty of the work of an ICC expert is that knowledge of many policy fields is required as well as knowledge of initiatives/examples from a wide range of cities in order to be able to provide the required input on the ground.

On the basis of the input by the new experts, the intercultural profiles of cities are being updated. These updates have already been done for Neukölln

http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/cultureheritage/culture/Cities/NeukollnProfile_en.pdf and Neuchâtel http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/cultureheritage/culture/Cities/neuchatelprofile_en.pdf.

Conclusions/Follow Up  
Consultants/Experts Paolo ATANASIO, Bruno CIANCIO, Elena DINGU-KYRKLUND, Oliver FREEMAN, Anja GUNJAK, Alberto ISETTA, Monica ROSSI, Alessio SURIAN and Robin WILSON 
CoE Secretariat  
Total No. Participants 10 
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