In 2019, in collaboration with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia Pacific (UNESCAP) and the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN) the British Council commissioned a study, to better understand Creative and Social Enterprises in Indonesia. The study was conducted by Parahyangan Catholic University and the University of Surabaya with support from Social Enterprise UK (SEUK) and is part of the British Council’s Developing Inclusive and Creative Economies (DICE) programme. It focuses on social and creative enterprises and their contribution to meeting the challenge of sustainable and inclusive growth. The research consists of a report that measures and provides a baseline for the size and impact of social and creative enterprise, assessing the quality of the environment for social and creative enterprises (demand), and a report on the funding and resource ecosystem for social and creative enterprises (supply). The research was finalised in 2020 and is launched on 16th September 2020. 

Emerging evidence from emerging economies is beginning to demonstrate the role that social enterprise and the creative industries can play in contributing to sustainable and inclusive growth. The British Council’s 2018 Indonesian Social Enterprise Landscape Survey revealed that 22% of all social enterprises were to be found in the creative industries, making this the biggest social enterprise sector in the country.

In a UNESCO and UNDP report released in 2013, it was stated that, “The creative economy has become a powerful transformative force in the world today. Its potential for development is vast and waiting to be unlocked." This is clear recognition of the role that the creative economy can play in addressing development challenges. Similarly, recent trends in the social economy, particularly the increased support that has been deployed to supporting social enterprises as well as innovations in social finance have focused attention on the role that these new development actors can also play in contributing to a more inclusive economy and addressing the SDGs. The relationship between the characteristics and skills embodied by creative entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs are under-explored. Emerging evidence suggests an important role for creative entrepreneurship in unlocking the hidden wealth of social innovation and talent that exists within communities in many parts of the world, likewise creativity is integral to the approaches taken by many social entrepreneurs in their efforts to identify solutions to some of the most entrenched social challenges facing the world today.

Please see the full report in the download section below.