Developing Inclusive and Creative Economies (DICE) is a pilot programme that takes a holistic approach to addressing entrenched issues of economic and social exclusion. 

DICE supports a growing network of individuals, enterprises, and institutions in exploring how creativity, generosity, unconscious bias, vulnerability and human connection affect how we, as humans, can best nurture our curiosity, creativity, communities, enterprises, policies, ideas and the environments in which we live. 

In recognising the complexity of our problems, and by working across borders, sectors, silos, networks, and generations, we hope that DICE can contribute to eradicating barriers to economic opportunity for all.  

Currently in its pilot phase, DICE takes an 'ecosystem' approach to nurturing economic inclusion, with a focus on women and girls, young people, disabled people and other often excluded groups.  

DICE is delivered by an interdisciplinary and inspired group of colleagues and change-makers in Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan, South Africa and the UK.

Approach and activity

DICE’s ecosystem approach translates into interlinking activity to foster a supportive environment for creative social organisations and enterprises and strengthen the ecosystem in which they operate. 

Given the British Council’s role as the UK's cultural relations organisation and DICE’s ambition to foster systemic change, it is critical for DICE to also support the processes of co-design and of forming relationships and ideas, and to build the spaces and trust needed to experiment, fail and explore.

What does this mean in practice? Our work includes but is not limited to:

  • convening policy makers to support their needs in creating policies for inclusive growth and enabling environments for creative and enterprising ideas to flourish 
  • conducting research to map the creative social economies, and connect ideas across all of the DICE countries, in order to enhance the delivery of existing DICE activities, inform its future development and empower ecosystem builders with information and insights
  • strengthening, through brokered funding and collaborative projects, the ‘intermediaries’ (e.g. universities, hubs, community organisations, accelerators, incubators) that support creative social initiatives and enterprises and the people that lead them. This is mainly achieved via a circa £2m DICE Fund, which underwrites a refreshing portfolio of 29 international and co-designed initiatives between intermediaries in the UK and the other DICE countries. Read about these 29 initiatives.
  • delivering leadership and capacity building, in partnership with our Creative Economy team, for creative hub leaders in Brazil, Indonesia and South Africa via a Creative Hubs Academy, ensuring those hubs have the assets to address social challenges within their communities; the Creative Hubs Network in Egypt; and the development of toolkits for hubs in Indonesia
  • providing technical support and training to help individual creative social enterprises articulate their raison d’etre, stimulate their creativity, situate their ideas and businesses in their ecoystems, achieve business growth, increase their social impact and nurture their connections with one another, with policy makers and investors
  • training individual entrepreneurs and nascent enterprises seeking to create daring and holistic solutions to challenges in their communities (and building their camaraderie in the process) through programmes such as 
              - AfroLab (Brazil)
              - DICE Fellowship (Brazil, Pakistan)
              - Entrepreneurship training with Coventry University (Egypt)
              - Impact Makers & Creators with Social Enterprise Academy and Seed
                (South Africa)
             Drivers for Change (Global)
  • mentoring a cohort of young journalists called the DICE Young Storymakers in partnership with the magazine Pioneers Post and providing opportunities for them to share stories about positive solutions to challenges in their communities with readers worldwide. Explore the Young Storymakers’s articles.

DICE webinars

From Aug 2020 to Feb 2021, we are co-hosting free, monthly DICE webinars with the impact-focussed organisations collectively known as the DICE Collaborators. Interactive, honest, and broad-minded, these conversations are a chance to share ideas and discuss topics of importance with other changemakers on topics ranging from collaboration and competition to finding a common voice and harnessing local resources.

Find out more

Read summaries of the projects supported by the DICE Collaboration Grants. 

View our DICE Reports.

Explore Pioneers Post articles linked to DICE.

Join our DICE LinkedIn group for the latest on the programme and opportunities to get involved. 

And please email enquiries about DICE to:

About the DICE team

The British Council’s DICE global team is committed to action-learning and agile planning, constructive dialogue, and collaborative, generous and shared leadership. We are actively seeking ways to build our evidence-base, learn from organisations and individuals around the world and cultivate cross-sectoral partnerships and economies of scale.

These values are ‘live values’ and embedded in our strategy, programme design and delivery, and provide guidance in how we work with one another, and with our external partners.Our growing global team is striving to create a non-hierarchical leadership structure, where our cross-disciplinary expertise in creative and inclusive economies and our unique life experiences together make DICE.   

Our team currently includes Ahsan Abass, Tristan Ace, Ingy Amin, Viandira Athia, Cristina Becker, Talha Chishti, Bella Eames-Matthews, Saba Ehsan, Zeenia Faraz, Ahmed Fouad, Ahmed Furqan, Kate Gardner, Mohamed Hamdy, Camelia Harahap, Mashal Hussain, Daniel Manjarres, Thoriso Moseneke, Yusra Nabil, Adam Pillsbury, Sarah Ramadhita, Fernanda Rebalata, Emily Rogers, Sanya Saif, Becky Schutt, Ari Sutanti, Muhaimin Syamsuddin, Rami Tawfiq, Effie Vourakis and Reece Waldron.  

We also benefit from the guidance and support of the British Council’s country directors and their deputies in the DICE countries, including Mark Crossey, Martin Dowle, Colm Downes, Susana Galvan, Alex Lambert, Kathy McArdle, Amir Ramzan, Paul Smith, Elizabeth White.


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