Policy that Matters
DICE (Developing Inclusive Creative Economies) is a multi-year programme that focuses in six priority countries which include the UK, Brazil, South Africa, Egypt, Indonesia and Pakistan.
This programme empowers the youth by working in emerging economies stricken with unemployment, underemployment, poor quality employment prospect for creative and social enterprises. These elements in the industry lead to instability, political disaffection and affect growth of the economy.
Working directly on these lines, British Council’s DICE programme will cater to such economies by instilling skills and sustainable opportunities for creative and social enterprises of these countries so they can flourish and add value to the nation’s economy.
DICE Pakistan which is launching on 10th December 2018 serves to be an opportunity for the country to elevate its creative and social enterprises to start their journey towards growth, but the key question is ‘How’?
To answer this question a unique strategy will be adopted by the team driving this programme. This strategy will be broken down into three core interventions:
- Environmental (Government and Policy)
- Institutional (Enterprise to Enterprise and skills provider)
- Individual (Peer to Peer)
In this blog we are going to focus on the Environmental Intervention.
No change is sustainable unless there are systemic roots set up for it. For too long, creative and social enterprises of Pakistan have lingered in the shadows yearning to showcase itself on the national stage. This is only possible when the government in collaboration with all relevant stakeholders creates a platform for such this industry to strive. This platform’s foundation needs to be set through concrete policy that not only empowers such enterprises but gives them support to accelerate.
To bring this dream to reality, DICE will work closely with the government and relevant stakeholders such as the media and private sector organizations introduce policy reforms that have creative and social enterprises as core target industries.
These reforms will then prove to be vital for the creative and social industry to thrive, scale and sustain themselves. Initiatives such as policy advocacy that includes policy papers, policy dialogues, round tables etc. and the right push by key influencers from various industries will pave the way for relevant bills to push through the parliament.
Team work is key and involving various sectors, organizations and government departments on both federal and provincial levels is the way to go for ‘entrepreneurship led growth’.
This intervention will prove to be beneficial not only for the creative and social enterprises but will also play a significant role in elevating Pakistan’s economy.