Diversity @ Intercultural Cities


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Diversity @ Intercultural Cities

  1. 1. A Diversity Index for Cities? Presentation by Jan Niessen Strategic thinking on equality and mobility
  2. 2. What is MPG? <ul><li>An independent policy ‘think-and-do-tank’ with over 13 years of experience </li></ul><ul><li>Our mission is </li></ul><ul><li>To contribute to lasting and positive change resulting in open and inclusive societies </li></ul><ul><li>We do this by </li></ul><ul><li>stimulating well-informed European debate and action on migration, equality and diversity </li></ul><ul><li>enhancing European co-operation between and amongst governmental agencies, civil society organisations and the private sector </li></ul>
  3. 3. How to measure diversity What makes a city diverse? <ul><li>The diversity of its </li></ul><ul><li>population? </li></ul><ul><li>Gender </li></ul><ul><li>Race </li></ul><ul><li>Class </li></ul><ul><li>Age </li></ul><ul><li>Sexual orientation </li></ul><ul><li>Nationality </li></ul>What makes it work ? <ul><li>Value young and old for their energy and experience </li></ul><ul><li>Engage with all citizens </li></ul><ul><li>Grant them equal opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Provide equal access to services </li></ul><ul><li>Welcome newcomers </li></ul><ul><li>Create an environment where all contribute to the city’s well-being </li></ul>
  4. 4. How to measure diversity A city is diverse when: <ul><li>Citizens are free to be different </li></ul><ul><li>Local policies eliminate obstacles to diversity </li></ul><ul><li>Local policies increase intercultural skills </li></ul>Diversity indicators based on government roles: <ul><li>Policy-maker </li></ul><ul><li>Leader (educator) </li></ul><ul><li>Employer </li></ul><ul><li>Consumer </li></ul><ul><li>Service provider </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitator </li></ul>
  5. 5. Developing diversity indicators and benchmarks CITY AS... EXAMPLE OF INDICATOR MEANS OF COLLECTION ...Policy-maker The city has a diversity plan that is designed with the input from and supported by key stake holders (negotiated consensus) and all departments (mainstreaming) <ul><li>Content analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Interviews with leaders of departments and leaders </li></ul>...Leader Local political leaders made a public commitment to act on diversity which is reflected in resource allocation and policy priorities <ul><li>Content Analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Budgetary analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Interviews with leaders; Surveys </li></ul>...Employer The city’s workforce is divers and reflects the composition of the city’s workforce: recruitment, promotion and retention. <ul><li>Quantitative analysis </li></ul><ul><li>HR reports Interviews with personnel; focus groups </li></ul>...Consumer The city’s procurement practice is diverse and reflects the composition of the city’s pool of suppliers: small business support, fair selection procedures and practices <ul><li>Quantitative analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Interviews with procurement managers and minority suppliers; surveys </li></ul>...Service-provider The city’s services are tailored to the needs of a diverse population: a city service charter; special attention to vulnerable groups <ul><li>Content analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Client surveys; focus groups </li></ul>...Facilitator The city facilitates a (negotiating) platform for sector organisations, civil society organisations, interest groups, etc. to work out their diversity strategies and provides resources <ul><li>Content analysis diversity plans </li></ul><ul><li>interviews with stakeholders </li></ul><ul><li>Budgetary analysis </li></ul>
  6. 6. Developing diversity indicators and benchmarks Assessment TYPE/USE PRO’S CON’S Self-assessment Part of democratic process; public, official and legitimised Too formal; not enough civil society engagement; self-congratulatory Stakeholder assessment Engagement of particular groups of stakeholders; insights of these groups considered and valued Possibly biased and focussed on particular interests External audit Factual and independent review, usable by many stakeholders (seen as) Technocratic with no real stakeholder involvement Peer review Insights of people in same position are valued Mutual learning process Possibly biased as friends being nice to friends
  7. 7. Cities Diversity Index Comparing cities by indexing: <ul><li>High level objectives: </li></ul><ul><li>Select partner cities: </li></ul><ul><li>Design normative framework: </li></ul><ul><li>Robust and relevant indicators: </li></ul><ul><li>Engage cities: </li></ul><ul><li>Research: </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple stakeholders: </li></ul>improving the lives of all citizens limiting their numbers, raising profile transparency and integrity ensuring usable outcomes making the exercise real getting the facts increasing use and usefulness
  8. 8. Thank you for your attention! Acting on equality and mobility