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The Alliance for Artisan Enterprise, founded in November 2012 and hosted by the Aspen Institute, is a collaborative effort of over 70 artisan businesses, artisan support organizations, corporations, government agencies, and other partners who are working together to promote the full potential of the global artisan sector.  

The Alliance for Artisan Enterprise was created to elevate the importance of the artisan sector, support and grow artisan businesses, and share best practices in a collaborative learning community. 

Research Archive

2016 Alliance Impact Report

Gina Rogari

2016 has proved the most impactful and exciting year yet for the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise! We are so grateful for your passion for the artisan sector and dedication to driving more resources and recognition to artisan businesses around the world. 

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2014 Alliance Impact Report

Gina Rogari

In 2014, the Alliance surveyed its member organizations about their work and impact in the global artisan sector. This report is an introduction to the major focus areas of the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise, including innovative financing, policy, research, learning forums, visits, and the Artisan Value Chain Toolkit. It also reveals data on the scope of job creation, income generation, and financing initiatives in our network of artisan entrepreneurs and partners.

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Creative Economy Outlook and Country Profiles

Gina Rogari

"Creative Economy Outlook and Country Profiles: Trends in international trade in creative industries" is a 2015 report published by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. This report highlights how increasing demographics, better access to ICTs and dynamic shifts to new lifestyles associated with creative products and services makes trade in these creative industries a promising avenue for future growth. 

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Handicrafts and Employment Generation for the Poorest Youth and Women

Gina Rogari

Handicrafts and Employment Generation for the Poorest Youth and Women is a 2007 Policy Paper from UNESCO International's Programme on the Cross-Cutting Theme "Poverty Eradication, Especially Extreme Poverty," written by Noëlla Richard. UNESCO implemented this project to expand on the idea that the development of small handicraft enterprises can be used as a poverty eradication tool.

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Global Market Assessment for Handicrafts, Vol. 1

Gina Rogari

The "Global Market Assessment for Handicrafts, Vol. 1" is a 2006 study by USAID on the state of the global market for artisan goods. This study provides an overview and analysis of the global market for handicrafts and the key trends that affect producers in developing countries, with the ultimate objective of offering practical recommendations for the Haitian handicraft sector.

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Weaving Micro and Small Enterprises Into Global Value Chains: The Case of Guatemalan Textile Handicrafts

Gina Rogari

Drawing from primary research conducted in Guatemala in 2004 -2005, the paper focuses on value chains from the “bottom up,”  It examines the extent to which micro and small enterprises (MSEs) benefit from participation in global and domestic value chains, and various market options – both global and local, and the factors that incentivize small firms to upgrade or not.

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