We have commissioned research to map the creative and social economies in each of the DICE countries as well as essays that connect ideas across all of the DICE countries (Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan, South Africa and the UK).
The studies outline the operating context, business models and employment practices of creative and social enterprises and examine their contribution to supporting sustainable and inclusive growth.
This includes their role in creating jobs for young people and women as well as the social and environmental challenges they seek to address. They also map the infrastructure which supports their development.
By asking detailed questions, these studies set out to learn how the current 'ecosystem' supports creative and social enterprises in each surveyed country, and what further could be done to make it more effective.
These studies make clear that the value of creative and social enterprises is greater than the sum of their parts -- social impact, creative and cultural value, and financial returns. They stimulate collaboration and human connection, and make a significant contribution to the UN´s Sustainable Development Goals.
These studies are designed to provide information and insights for policy makers, social impact investors, intermediary organisations and other ‘ecosystem builders’ seeking to develop a more enabling environment for creative and social enterprises.
We hope that they will act as a guide for many people working in, or interested in, the development of a more inclusive economy.