The NGO Dínamo is launching this week the mapping Initiatives and Affirmative Public Policies of Gender and Race for Entrepreneurship and Startups 2022. The report analyzed the performance of the National Congress and the Legislative Assemblies throughout 2021 and 2022. In the Congress, there were 43 proposals related in 2021 and 40 in 2022 so far. In the state legislative houses, 105 proposals were presented in 2021. This year, there were 127.
Founded in 2015, Dinamo is a non-profit organization with the objective of supporting the creation of public policies aimed at the entrepreneurship of social impact in Brazil. For Mariana Macario, from the entity’s Working Group (WG), there is an educational character when the public power launches policies in support of the startups.
“We cannot despise symbolic power. All parts of society are important, but the only one that is elected by all people and that has a degree of legitimacy is public power,” she says. “It is very important when a city hall makes a program and that something is important enough to invest such valuable resources. People start to look at it differently.”
Fabricia Garcia, also from the GT, believes that there is a Brazilian history of getting lost along the way when creating public policies. “They start to work with an audience that already has opportunities. So, the reason to think about it now is to address public policies to those who really matter, and we know that access has always been limited to black and brown people.”
According to the survey data, looking at public policies and initiatives by region, the Southeast is in first place, followed by the Northeast. From 2021 to 2022, 262 projects of initiatives, laws and other public policies were proposed in the Legislative Assemblies of the States. The 10 highlights are: São Paulo, Maranhão, Paraíba, Pernambuco, Amapá, Rio de Janeiro, Paraná, Federal District, Minas Gerais, Mato Grosso, Piauí and Espírito Santo.
The mapping also identified which politicians worked the most in the area. Among the 262 proposals found, 204 have the author’s name. Who leads the list is Caio França (PSB-SP), with 109, followed by Daniella Tema (DEM-MA) with 20. According to the study, this is due to the performance of França in 2022 in the Casa da Mulher Program. Tema, on the other hand, proposed several movements connected to the Empresa Amiga da Mulher Seal23, aimed at companies that develop actions and projects to value women.
To carry out the research, Dinamo used the Data Policy platform, a software that connects, relates and monitors the activities of the Legislative, Executive and Judiciary branches of Brazil. We analyzed 170 data sources, 510,690 media speeches, 4,357,365 propositions
and 11,843,014 Executive acts and processes.
The mapping also identified 13 government programs that are reference. Among the highlights are: Sebrae SP Accelerates Startups for Black People and Women; Program to Support Startups Led by Women in Sergipe; and Innovative Women Program.
The conclusion of the study is that it is essential that public agents, as well as all stakeholders in the startup ecosystem and civil society, embark on the discussion and development of initiatives and policies that increase the diversity of the sector.
“Public policy does not solve everything, but it is important because it has a place within the ecosystem with many interconnected agents that need each other. The government has a specific regulatory role, in which the rules of the game must be clear to everyone who participates in the game”, says Maria Rita Spina Bueno, from GT. “We have to deconstruct this idea within Brazil that government is all bad. There are a lot of people with interesting vision and ability wanting to build something.”
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