DICE explores how creativity, human connection, bold and generous collaboration and talent can be harnessed to contribute to the eradication of profound social and economic exclusion. Supporting connections and collaboration across cultures, borders and sectors is at the heart of this programme.
Often this work is delivered through the robust intermediaries that support these social creative enterprises. Intermediaries can be investors, hubs, accelerators, incubators, universities, networks, and funders who have access to capital.
DICE Fund Collaboration Grants
£2m DICE Fund collaboration grants of between £20,000 and £85,000 were designed for intermediary organisations that support the development of creative and social entrepreneurs including NGOs, accelerators and universities. This support could vary, from skills development and training, business development, and start up management. The length of the projects were 12 to 15 weeks and were delivered in Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan and South Africa.
In South Africa, five DICE Fund Collaborators were selected amongst 200 global partner applications. These five projects are diverse, from upskilling vulnerable young people in Cape Town to set up their own upcycling business, to filling the financial gaps for excluded women in domestic work, and training intermediary organisations supporting social and creative enterprises in impact measurement.
Although these projects were diverse and ambitious in their delivery, they are similar because of the connection to supporting creative social entrepreneurs and contributing to an inclusive creative society.
Read more about the DICE Fund Collaboration Grants here.
Connect.hubs is a transformational learning programme for hub managers and creative entrepreneurs who wish to start a hub. Since 2018, Connect.hubs programme has been supporting and working with over 80 creative and social hub managers, including South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mauritius and Malawi, by providing capacity building workshops. This was delivered in partnership with its southern Africa Arts team, DICE, UK-based organisation Nesta and Hivos.
As part of the co-design approach in 2019 the programme involved the expertise of local trainers Mutsa Samuel Kajese, Belisa Rodrigues, Lekodi Magombo and Kudzai Mubaiwa who would lead on design, delivery of the sessions and mentorship to hub managers.
“By working with social and creative hubs we believe we are better able to strengthen the capacity of hub managers, as well as increase connections and collaboration in Southern Africa and globally. Social and creative hubs play a meaningful role in providing better support to creative social entrepreneurs and contributing to the creative economy” - DICE project manager, Thoriso Moseneke.
SOCreative Hubs Summit
Since 2019, this annual event brings together creative social entrepreneurs, cultural leaders, researchers and academics, and hub managers from Southern, East, and West Africa, and the UK. The event is aimed at connecting creative and social economies and driving the development of Hubs in Southern Africa.
The three-day event is curated to enable connections and facilitate valuable and sustainable networks. It offers key-note addresses by thought leaders in the sector, story talks by creative and social entrepreneurs, facilitated workshop sessions that can encourage deeper engagement, and live performances that showcase and celebrate the rich cultures of performing artists and musicians from other countries.