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- Vaqar Ahmed, Ahad Nazir, Muhammad Arif Naveed, Asad Afridi, Dan Gregory, Syed Murtaza Kazmi
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Introduction The British Council is the United Kingdom's international organisation for enhancing cultural relations and offering educational opportunities. Developing Inclusive and Creative Economies (DICE) is a British Council global pilot programme (2018-2020), which takes a holistic approach to imagining and building an economy that is equally accessible to all. DICE is delivered with and for women, youth, people disabled by society, and other groups that are excluded from the mainstream economy. The programme is co-designed by a global team and growing network in Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan, South Africa, and the UK. DICE is founded on the hypothesis that supporting the development of creative and social enterprise is an effective way to address the issues of unemployment and unequal economic growth and build more inclusive societies. This hypothesis was underpinned by the rationale that, around the world, communities face common challenges and problems, including:
- unemployment, especially among young people, potentially intensified by automation;
- growing wealth inequality and exclusion from ‘mainstream’ economic opportunities, especially of women, disabled people and minorities;
- environmental degradation and the climate emergency; and
- a sense of a loss of identity and community.