The City Government of Rio de Janeiro's Policy to Support Self-Employed and Microenterprises

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Mar 1999
This document describes the efforts of the Department of Labor of Rio de Janeiro to build a comprehensive institutional framework focused on the promotion of a long run, micro-firm based local economic development model and to create a path to sustainable economic growth, job creation and continuous decline of income inequality. The various tools and programs which the DoL has designed to achieve these goals are described, including training and technical assistance, access to technology and microcredit, among others. This paper was presented at the International Conference "Building a Modern and Effective Development Services Industry for Small Enterprises in Latin America and the Caribbean" held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on March 4th, 1999.