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