Under the Creative Hubs component of the Developing Inclusive and Creative Economies (DICE) programme, eight grants have been awarded of GBP 5000 each to organisations working in the creative space in Pakistan for them to deliver inclusive and creative activities by bringing together professionals from the same field.
DICE is a global pilot programme that takes a holistic approach to address entrenched issues of economic and social exclusion. DICE is delivered by an interdisciplinary group of colleagues and change-makers in Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan, South Africa, and the UK.
In its pilot phase, DICE has taken an 'ecosystem' approach to nurturing economic inclusion, with a focus on women and girls, young people, disabled people, and other often excluded groups. DICE operates at policy, institutional and individual levels.
The grant aims to encourage, empower, and bring together like-minded creatives from various sectors who are working to raise awareness, solve socio-economic problems or build the capacity of others around them. The scope of these creative organisations ranges from handicrafts to literature and from software development to performing arts and music. These activities have already begun in various areas of Pakistan in the form of music competitions amongst the religious minorities in KP, as well as a literature festival and a film-making school in the remote areas of Nowgam and Layyah. Some other activities include publishing a literary magazine, an artisan training, and software development workshops.
Details of these organisations and hub activities can be seen here.