Rio de Janeiro



Marcelo Crivella


6,320,000 (2010)

Lead Innovation Officer

Carlos Antonio da Silva

Innovation is helping to:
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Critical success factors:
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Spotlight on innovation in Rio de Janeiro

Note: The City Innovation Snapshot (PDF version) was produced in 2019 and some aggregate findings have been updated with the latest survey results below.

Vision and approach to innovation capacity

Along with 50% of cities surveyed, Rio de Janeiro has an explicit innovation strategy. Similar to 24% of cities surveyed, Rio de Janeiro approaches innovation capacity in specific policy areas/domains.

Policy areas that Rio de Janeiro is focused on

Social inclusion and equity
Policy areas by number of cities

Rio de Janeiro utilizes 3 different innovation skills or roles

Project manager
Data scientist
Communication officer
Innovation roles by number of cities

Situated in the City Manager’s office, Rio de Janeiro’s dedicated team for innovation consists of 15 staff.

Terms Rio de Janeiro most associates with innovation

Technological innovation
Human-centered design

Rio de Janeiro's most common innovation activities

Developing new solutions based on digital technologies
e.g. use of drones or smart sensors
  1. 1

    Taking risks or testing new ideas

  2. 2

    Data-driven analytics/public data management

  3. 3

    Engaging residents in new ways

  4. 4

    Developing new solutions based on digital technologies

  5. 5

    Organizational change within the municipality

  6. 6

    Human-centered design

  7. 7

    Rethinking your city’s approach to financing partnerships

Its innovation activities also include engaging residents in new ways and human-centered design.

How is innovation funded here?

Like 81% of cities surveyed, Rio de Janeiro has dedicated funding to support innovation capacity.

Top sources of funding

Municipal budget
Municipal budget
This could include, for instance, City Council approved funds; operating budget; a special funding process (bond, Mayoral special initiative funding, etc.); and participatory budgeting / citizen-selected budgeting.

Activities being funded

Launching or sustaining a project
47 cities
Launching or sustaining a project
79 cities
Idea generation & brainstorming
51 cities
Investing in digital systems
36 cities
Investing in physical infrastructure
30 cities
Paying for services

How is innovation measured?

Rio de Janeiro has developed partnerships to promote its innovation capacity with other public agencies, private firms, not-for-profit organizations, and city residents/resident associations.

Data availability by policy area


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Economic Development

Housing and built environment

Policing and law enforcement



Waste and sewage

Labour market and skills

Environment and climate change



Social inclusion and equity

Public works


Digital governance