On October 26th, UNDP Mexico and CIDE (Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas) launched the project “México Estatal: Quality of Governance and Accountability in the Federal Entities of Mexico”, at a public seminar focusing on the conceptual framework and methodologies of the project. The seminar gathered local experts, public officials, regional partners and international organizations to discuss key themes and methodological challenges. The project’s Advisory Board also presented during the seminar, which was covered by national media, and streamed online.
Through the construction of objective indicators to assess democratic governance throughout Mexico’s 32 federal entities, the project México Estatal aims to generate systemized, generalized and comparable data on the operation of state government institutions. These indicators will be developed through open public and interdisciplinary debate among scholars, public servants and civil society interested in strengthening democracy in the state governments.
Through this process of open debate, coupled with a methodological rigor in the construction of indicators, it will be possible to create a database of state government information. The database will be available to the general public, providing empirical data and support public debate on the management and accountability mechanisms of state governments.
The interdisciplinary network responsible for generating indicators will be active throughout the project’s lifecycle, generating publications on the topic, harnessing public interest in democratic governance reform, and facilitating feedback to refine the indicators and their use at the state level.