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The Alliance for Artisan Enterprise, founded in November 2012 and hosted by the Aspen Institute, is a collaborative effort of over 70 artisan businesses, artisan support organizations, corporations, government agencies, and other partners who are working together to promote the full potential of the global artisan sector.  

The Alliance for Artisan Enterprise was created to elevate the importance of the artisan sector, support and grow artisan businesses, and share best practices in a collaborative learning community. 


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The artisan sector is the second-largest employer in the developing world after agriculture, worth over $32 billion every year. Artisan enterprise increases local incomes, preserves ancient cultures, and employs hundreds of thousands of people around the world, especially women. Still, artisan businesses are seldom recognized as drivers of economic growth.

The Alliance for Artisan Enterprise, an initiative of Aspen Global Health and Development at the Aspen Institute, envisions a world in which artisans are fully integrated into global commerce and where increasing revenues flow to artisan producers and communities in need of economic opportunity. The Alliance is building an ecosystem of support for artisan entrepreneurs across the globe, including:

  1. Networking platform for organizations around the world that participate across the artisan sector
  2. Strategic programs for artisan businesses to grow and succeed in the global marketplace
  3. Key events to showcase artisan entrepreneurs, share best practices, and uncover solutions to common barriers in the artisan value chain

Get involved! Join us today by becoming a member of our network, or supporting our ongoing efforts as a member of the artisan partners circle