Global Integrity

To Develop A Targeted Outreach And Advocacy Campaign To Promote Subnational Governance Reforms In Mexico

Overview
Global Integrity is a DC-based, non-governmental organization that generates, synthesizes, and disseminates credible, comprehensive and timely information on governance and corruption trends around the world. Global Integrity has carried out fieldwork assessing the existence and effectiveness of anti-corruption, transparency, and accountability mechanisms in more than 100 countries around the world, including in some of the most challenging environments (Iraq, Sudan, Somalia, China, and Vietnam, to name a few). The organization's Integrity Indicators approach and methodology have been described as "best practice" by the World Bank, and Global Integrity has been awarded prizes from Ashoka, The Elders, and Internews for its unique and impactful approach to stimulating evidence-based governance reforms. Although this proposal is for a planning grant only, the ultimate objectives of an eventual full-blown sub-national project in Mexico are to: 1) STIMULATE EVIDENCE-BASED REFORMS BY NATIONAL AND SUB-NATIONAL GOVERNMENTS IN MEXICO THAT ADDRESS IDENTIFIED SUB-NATIONAL ANTI-CORRUPTION WEAKNESSES. 2) INCREASE MEDIA AND OTHER KEY STAKEHOLDERS' (GOVERNMENT, NGOS, PRIVATE SECTOR, ACADEMIA) AWARENESS OF SUB-NATIONAL GOVERNANCE CHALLENGES IN THE COUNTRY. 3) THROUGH KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER TO LOCAL STAKEHOLDERS, ENHANCE THE CAPACITY OF IN-COUNTRY GROUPS TO ADVOCATE FOR INCREASED GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY AT THE SUB-NATIONAL LEVEL. 4) DISSEMINATE BEST PRACTICES AND PRAISE LOCAL LEADERSHIP FOR SUCCESSFULLY ADVANCING THE AGENDA OF GOOD GOVERNANCE, WHEN MERITED. The immediate outcomes of this proposed planning grant are: 1) To formalize a relationship with one or more local partner groups in Mexico with the skills, reach, and relationships to effectively carry out the requisite state-level data gathering and follow-on outreach and advocacy; 2) Agree upon project scope and advocacy objectives with a local partner and a local steering committee, including a detailed full project budget covering all project stakeholders; and 3) Develop a set of specialized Integrity Indicators for the state level in Mexico that would then be applied and gathered by the local partner group during full project implementation. (New, $10,0000/1; 100% of project budget)
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Grants to this Grantee
for the videoconferencing project  
A videoconferencing grant to Global Integrity will support the purchase and installation of videoconferencing systems for the OpenGov Hub based in Washington, DC. The OpenGov Hub is the location of Global Integrity’s main office and is shared with other transparency and open government NGOs. Videoconferencing equipment will facilitate communication with the organization’s recently opened Global Integrity office in Cape Town, South Africa and will also be a shared resource available to other organizations at the OpenGov Hub, including Hewlett grantee the Kiwanja Foundation as well as Development Gateway, which receives Hewlett support via a grant to the College of William and Mary for the AidData project.
for supporting Mexican Transparency and Accountability NGOs to use the Indaba Platform  
Global Integrity is a Washington, DC-based organization that promotes transparent and accountable government around the world. It produces innovative research and technologies that inform, connect, and empower civic, private, and public advocates in work to promote more open societies. This grant will support the translation into Spanish of the organization's data-collecting platform Indaba, and to expand its use among Mexican transparency and accountability groups. This project draws on Global Integrity’s experience piloting Indaba with early adopters, including a fruitful partnership with the Mexican Institute of Competitiveness. We expect this grant will facilitate an increasing number of organizations in the accountability field in Mexico to become familiar with Indaba and to work systematically with it to streamline, enhance, and scale their research processes.
for general operating support  
Global Integrity promotes evidence-based transparency reforms anchored in fieldwork with grassroots civil society partners, technology platforms to accelerate innovations across the community of practice, and the establishment of international norms for financing transparency among political parties. Among the organization’s products is their flagship assessment tool for understanding governance and anticorruption mechanisms at the national level. The Global Integrity Report now covers more than 100 countries and includes a scorecard that uses more than 300 indicators to assess the existence, effectiveness, and citizen access to key governance and anticorruption mechanisms. The organization plans to continue catalyzing innovation through a "tech for transparency" micro-grants fund and the creation of "transparency hub" collaborative workspace in Washington, DC. After several years of project support, a transition to general support signals the close alignment between Global Integrity’s activities and the Foundation’s objectives.

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