Microenterprise programs in U.S. inner cities: Economic development or social welfare?

  • L. J. Servon (1997). Economic Development Quarterly, 166-180
  • Abstract: The microenterprise strategy marries elements of economic development and social welfare strategies and agendas. This article uses case studies of three inner-city microenterprise programs to demonstrate that the results of this blending are overwhelmingly positive. At the same time, working in the interstices of the economic development and social welfare fields is complex, and the results that programs produce do not fit easily into traditional outcome categories. The programs studied do more to help those who exist at the margins of the mainstream economy than those who are completely cut off from the economic mainstream. They help change the mind-set of people by giving them the hope they need to take charge of their own lives. By helping people begin to think strategically about creating better futures for themselves and providing them with the tools necessary to make that happen, these programs shift the focus of policy from maintenance to investment.
  • Theme: Policy/support programmes, Urban
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  • Reference type: Journal Article
  • Geographic location: United States, North America, Global North
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