30 January 2018

Ensuring decent work for all through art and design

Sustainable Development Goal 8 aims to “promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all”. How can art and design contribute to promoting decent work for all? The author of this contribution: Prof. Francisco Oncina Carratalá, is a Professor of Industrial Organization and Legislation at United Nations Academic Impact member institution School of Art and Design Superior of Alicante in Spain.

30 January 2018 - Francisco Oncina Carratalá and Isabel Alemany García, professors at the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) member institution School of Art and Superior Design of Alicante in Spain, are carrying out a collaborative project in Nepal. The project—entitled "The Art of Protection"—deals with intellectual property as a stimulus for the creation of companies in developing countries.

The two have produced a video showcasing “The Art of Protection” that can be viewed here.

Design and art are not solely identifying elements of a culture; they also have an intrinsic economic value. As such, they should be seen as an opportunity for commercial development. The originality of the project on “The Art of Protection” lies in how it encourages design companies to help foster decent, local employment opportunities for creative workers that avoid clandestine work and are not based on exploitation.

The purpose of “The Art of Protection” is threefold. First, it is aimed at helping artists and designers from developing countries live decently from their work. Second, the project seeks to ensure economic development through helping creative companies get their start. Lastly, it encourages development and collaboration with emerging economies in a way that contributes to smart, sustainable and inclusive development.

Profs. Oncina Carratalá and Alemany García have carried out presentations in educational centers and trade associations in Nepal for this purpose. They have also interviewed many students, officials and designers from Nepal whose inputs have been important for “The Art of Protection”. In the future, they hope to extend their work beyond Nepal, to other places around the world.