Culture and creativity contribute to inclusive development, innovation, peace and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Creativity is an asset shared worldwide, but the conditions to use it as powerful tool for development are not. Laissez-faire increases existing inequalities of gender, education, opportunities, wealth or urban versus rural. Which policies work to make culture and creativity enablers for inclusive economic growth and human development? Tackling inequality starts with access to good education. Four innovative projects are presented from Angola, Belgium, Mozambique and Spain that boost children's self-confidence through creativity, improve education outcomes, build their capacity to solve problems and shape their identity by promoting local culture and traditions.