IPOW has researched creativity in sites of conflict for over 12 years and during this time observed that communities often respond creatively to violence as part of their daily life. However, it was apparent that these communities often lacked the skills, knowledge and networks to develop their projects. 

Combining real life case studies and practical business skills, IPOW created a structured certified programme drawing on case studies from forty countries, to facilitate transferable skills development and improve access to markets and networks. The Creative Entrepreneur Programme (CEP) explores a range of themes including, business planning, evaluation, skills of an entrepreneur, digital tools and social media for creative projects, event planning and creativity for social change. Participants also undertake a ‘Creative Challenge’ in which they have to devise and present a business plan for their own creative project. All participants on the CEP receive a certificate of participation from the University of Manchester (UK) which boosts prospects for further education and training or employment.  If you are interested in taking part in the CEP as a trainer or participant, contact us. 

The CEP was piloted in Bosnia, Uganda and Zimbabwe in 2015 where 60 of people were trained.  Participation on the programme has led to new collaborative projects and business opportunities.

In 2016 the CEP was piloted in Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Morocco and Tunisia in collaboration with the Anna Lindh Foundation and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.  The final evaluation can be viewed here 

Student and teacher login here for the IPOW Education Platform.