This report looks at investable opportunities in the Creative Economy with the potential to stabilize threatened communities and benefit regions looking to attract and develop quality jobs. This report suggests that impact investment can be used to shape a Creative Economy that is inclusive, equitable and sustainable.
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.
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.
"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.
"Cultural Entrepreneurship: At the Crossroads of People, Place, and Prosperity" is a 2010 report from the Global Center for Cultural Entrepreneurship. It provides a snapshot to the Cultural Economy in New Mexico. This groundbreaking study is the first to demonstrate the links among a family’s cultural security, economic stability, and social well-being.
"Measuring Traditional Skills: Taking Stock of What We Have Before We Lose It" is a research report by UNESCO researcher Simon Ellis, commissioned by the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise and published in 2015.
"Crafting a Livelihood: Building Sustainability for Indian Artisans" is a 2013 report from Dasra. Artisans are the backbone of India’s non-farm rural economy; however, the number of Indian artisans has been rapidly decreasing due to loss of markets, declining skills and difficulty catering to new markets.
"Measuring the Economic Contribution of Cultural Industries: 2009 Framework for Cultural Statistics" is a handbook from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) with an overview of current methods used in different countries worldwide to measure the contribution of cultural industries to the economy.
This 2010 Creative Economy Report from UNCTAD focuses on global trends and international trade in creative industries. This report shows how creativity, knowledge, culture, and technology can be drivers of job creation, innovation, and social inclusion.
This publication was prepared by Aid to Artisans for the Business Growth Initiative Project and financed by USAID. Aid to Artisans is a nonprofit organization that aims to create opportunities for low-income artisans around the world to build profitable businesses inspired by handmade traditions.