Introduction: The globalized world has facilitated the proliferation of contacts between cultures. This situation has led to cultural and social transformations, often resulting in deep social divergences. Faced with this changing reality, a new debate challenges public policy. And the power of culture as a requirement for peace, a source of well-being and as a resource for sustainable development is more important than ever.
In order to know the potential of cultural policies in the territory based on a cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue context, this research focuses on cultural policies developed in the municipality of Botkyrka, south of the province from Stockholm (Sweden), through the case study of the Mångkulturellt centrum foundation.
Method: The qualitative method of research is applied in the study, developing a descriptive and exploratory work, where theory and logic are linked. Through the interpretive paradigm we have managed to study a particular context and emphasize the understanding of human experience. The three techniques applied are the study of the case, the content analysis and focused interviews (semi-structured) to experts from the foundation.
Results: Mångkulturellt centrum case allows us to study the detailed analysis of the foundation as a project that improves cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue in the territory, we identify successful actions, and we detect challenges faced by local policies at the present.
Conclusion: The research corroborates the importance of having public organizations that achieve intercultural competences, which are open to intercultural dialogue and work together with the immigrants themselves and other social actors. Projects and practices inspired by intercultural dialogue have the potential to produce new and inclusive values.