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Valongo, Value difference, Living Library CÂMARA MUNICIPAL DE VALONGO

Valongo, Portugal

Do not Judge a Book by its Cover

A living library uses life stories to engage young people and break down prejudice and stereotypes about diversity

Big cities, small cities, new gateway cities, open, inclusive cities or older rustbelt cities… Whatever their size or history, successful cities are led by innovative, forward-looking local governments that know how to use the authority and instruments of public office to serve the best interests of all, including new immigrants.

Spotlight on municipal leadership – We want to share good ideas about what local governments can do to build inclusive, resilient communities and accelerate the integration of urban newcomers.

Discover good practices in the delivery of core city services, HR management, active citizenship and inclusion, local economic development and more. Anchored in local policy and endorsed by strong leadership, successful cities are putting good ideas in integration to work!

Read our publication!
In Good Ideas from Successful Cities: Municipal Leadership in Immigrant Integration, we share nearly 40 international good practices from city governments across Canada, the US, Europe and Australasia.


    Municipal Theme Index

    Municipal Theme Index

    Local authorities exercise authority across a wide field of action. Use the municipal theme index to find good municipal practices on a specific topic or area:

    Cities as Policy makers:

    • Urban policy and governance (integration, inclusion, diversity, urban citizenship, community cohesion)
    • Urban planning, including land use, zoning, neighbourhood renewal and public space.
    • Infrastructure, including  transportation and environment
    • Living together, including intercultural dialogue, equality, race relations, non-discrimination policies.

    Service providers:

    • Settlement and social services, including services for family and youth services, older people, disabilities
    • Housing; Employment services; Health services
    • Education and language learning.
    • Emergency services, including police
    • Arts, sports, parks and recreation, including libraries and other community services.
    • Access to services, including language services and training

     Employers, and buyers of goods and services:

    • Human resource management– including hiring, recruitment and retention; diversity management
    • Procurement

    Wealth creators:

    • Local economic development, including Public/private partnerships
    • City branding
    • Business support, including Entrepreneurship

    Democratic bodies:

    •  Civic engagement, including consultative bodies and community representation on agencies, boards and commissions
    • Voting
    • Citizenship training
    • Monitoring




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