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MEPP: Improving Transparency and Social Cohesion in Mexico


  • Mexico faces challenges that hinder its economic growth and social cohesion.
  • Led by Abt, MEPP collaborates with government and local institutions to improve conditions.
  • The country’s transparency improved and civic empowerment grew through public accountability.
The Challenge

meppMexico, the world’s 15th-largest economy, moved up in World Economic Forum rankings in 2016, thanks to gains in innovation, business, and financial markets. However, the country still faces significant challenges that hinder its economic growth and social cohesion, such as corruption.

The Approach

Mexico Economic Policy Program (MEPP), led by Abt Associates, works with Mexico’s National Digital Strategy Coordination (CEDN) unit within the Office of the Presidency to operate Red MX Abierto, or Open Mexico Network, a centralized networked platform launched in 2014 that gives local governments practical resources to upload public data. MEPP collaborates with government counterparts and local institutions to:

  • Help federal and local government offices make public data available on a platform that increases citizens’ access;
  • Support government initiatives to use electronic platforms to report regulatory corruption and create policy solutions for user-identified problems; and 
  • Strengthen Mexican regulatory agencies’ capacity to investigate collusion and other anti-competitive practices and enforce the country’s competition laws;
The Results

From 2013 to mid-2016, MEPP used a multi-faceted approach to improve the country’s transparency and open government, through increased productivity, business regulation, competition, access to capital, commercial transactions, and citizen engagement.
In mid-2016, MEPP launched its second phase, shifting focus to more targeted transparency and anti-corruption initiatives that drive civic empowerment through public accountability. 

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