Micro-enterprise as an approach for promoting economic development in social work: Lessons from the self-employment investment demonstration

  • S. Raheim (1996). International Social Work, 69-82
  • Abstract: Micro-enterprise development offers the social work profession an exciting opportunity to transcend its traditional remedial and consumption-based social welfare approaches and to become engaged in a dynamic developmental process which both empowers and improves the material welfare of clients. This article describes the evolution of self-employment as an intervention in social work and provides a detailed assessment of the Self-Employment Investment Demonstration (SEID) project which is designed to foster micro-enterprise development projects among social assistance recipients in the United States. The project shows that social assistance clients can become independent and productive citizens, and net contributors to economic development as well.
  • Theme: Policy/support programmes
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  • Reference type: Journal Article
  • Geographic location: United States, North America, Global North
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