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The Creativity for Development Open Access Course is an initiative of UNITAR and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Its main objective is to enable participants to raise awareness on the value of creativity and culture as pillars of sustainable development.

Because they rely on ideas, knowledge, skills and the ability to seize new opportunities, creative goods and services are resilient products. In most developing countries there is an abundance of creative talent: musicians, dancers, film makers, game developers and fashion designers to name a few. However, the potential of the creative economy is underutilized.

It will only take you 4 hours to complete the Crea4Dev course, and identify the essence of creative economy and creative industries nowadays and the link between creative industries and sustainable development; and distinguish between the two business models of creative entrepreneurship.



Each module has an animated video. Participants watch experts who will guide them through the topics. At the end of each module learners take an assessment activity which immerses them in the world of creative industries.

The course is divided in 4 modules:

• Creativity & Creative Economy
• Places, Networks and Connectivity
• The Characteristics of the Creative Labour Market
• Creative Business



Are you a creative entrepreneur? A government official? Do you work with or are you interested in creative industries? If so, then this course is made for you!



The course is delivered through UNITAR’s Virtual Learning Environment and participants will require a reliable internet connection throughout its duration. It is a self-paced free online course and participants can complete it at any time during this period. 

See full list of requirements.



The course will be available for registration from the 3rd of October 2016 to the 20th of December. Learners who go through all the modules and pass the assessment activities with a minimum of 60%, can receive a joint UNITAR-UNCTAD certificate upon payment of USD 50.



The following institutions also contribute to the initiative: Cirque du Soleil, UNISINOS, Asa Baako – One Dance Festival, Hatch Africa and Momentom Collective.