Type of SupportGeneral Support/Organization
This renewal grant would allow IMCO to continue to conduct its broadly influential national, state, and municipal competitiveness indices, which serve as tools for identifying the policy interventions that will be most effective for improving Mexico’s economic competitiveness and development. IMCO’s strategy is to present rigorous empirical data and analysis that fill information gaps; override ideological, dogmatic positions taken by Mexican power brokers; and break partisan gridlock among decisionmakers. This work fits squarely in our strategic framework—to build knowledge for development in Mexico—and is also significant for the Foundation’s interest in advancing public budget transparency and accountability there. By clearly linking competitiveness with transparency and accountability, IMCO enhances Mexico’s ability to attract investment and raise levels of per capita income and social development, and its budget transparency advocacy reaches a segment of Mexican stakeholders (the private sector and political elite) that other Foundation transparency and accountability grantees generally do not.
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Grants to this Grantee
for general operating support
The Instituto Mexicano para la Competitividad (IMCO) is a nonpartisan think tank specializing in policy analysis and evidence-based advocacy to improve Mexico’s institutional framework for economic growth, as well increase government transparency and accountability. IMCO generates applied research to inform public debate and advocacy on how economic and social phenomena affect Mexico’s competitiveness. This supplement for general operating support would allow the think tank to keep producing competitiveness indices at the international, national, and subnational levels. It would also help IMCO better use new technologies to increase its impact and outreach, continue to produce research on public finance and government transparency, and deepen its engagement with education and public security policy in Mexico.
for a project to reduce health and economic impacts from air pollution in Mexico's largest cities
The Mexican Institute for Competitiveness is an independent research center that studies the economic and social phenomena that affect Mexico’s economic competitiveness. This renewal grant would fund the Institute’s work on indicators of the impacts of air pollution on private sector productivity as a lever for reducing air pollution in Mexico´s biggest cities.
for improving the quality and transparency of public spending in states and municipalities of Mexico
A renewal grant to the Instituto Mexicano para la Competitividad (IMCO) would enable the organization to continue producing original data (and continue using its pioneering methods of gathering it) on state- and municipal-level public budget and accounting practices in Mexico. The information that IMCO has produced with previous Hewlett Foundation support has been broadly disseminated and has been credited with sparking sustained public debate on government expenditures in Mexico, as well as having an impact on federal- and state-level budget practices. IMCO would produce two budget indices: one to measure the degree of budget discretion in all thirty-one Mexican states and the federal district of Mexico City, the other to focus on municipal-level spending. The data will provide evidence that diverse constituencies can use to press for better state- and municipal-level budget accountability in Mexico. Finally, the project will track and press for implementation of Mexico's reforms to standardize state-level accounting practices.