Delegation of the European Union to Uzbekistan

Analytical study “Cross-sectoral cooperation and innovation in creative and cultural industries within the area of the Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture”

22/04/2021 - 15:18


The wider project “Cross-sectoral cooperation and innovation in creative and cultural industries - practices, opportunities and policies within the area of the Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture”, was conceived and its activities supported by the Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture (NDPC) secretariat. One of the aims of this project was to support the NDPC’s 2021–2024 strategy development.

The key objective of the study ‘Collaboration and Innovation in the Northern Dimension Countries’ was to assess the ability of CCIs to connect with other sectors and contribute to cross-sectoral innovation. It is the foundation for defining CCI inter-sectoral ‘cross innovation’ potential and international opportunities related to the Northern Dimension countries.

Recent cross-sectoral innovation activities were mapped using a mixed-method approach on identifying case studies that form the background to this document. They were collected in the course of nine months from: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russian Federation and Sweden. These are the countries which constitute the Northern Dimension (ND).

Key findings of the study include:

  • Cross-innovations revitalise economic and social life in the Northern Dimension countries
  • 7 important innovation trends that policy makers should pay attention to
  • How to collaborate effectively to innovate - challenges & solutions in 3 domains
  • How to create a successful cross-innovation process
  • The profile of key stakeholders
  • The 3 most evident impacts from collaborative innovation

The Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture (NDPC) is the fourth Partnership in the Northern Dimension Policy, a common policy for four equal partners: the European Union, Iceland, Norway and the Russian Federation.

The NDPC is focused on improving operational conditions for cultural and creative industries. It endeavours to bridge the gap between various sources of funding and sectors of activity and to strengthen cooperation between project owners, business communities, the public sector and international institutions throughout Northern Europe.


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