CIVICUS Civil Society Index

An international action-research project by and for civil society

X-ray of civil society in Mexico

Posted by civilsocietyindex on July 14, 2009

MexicoLogo2Congratulations to our NCOs in Mexico,  the Mexican Centre for Philanthropy (CEMEFI) and Iniciativa Ciudadana para la Promoción de la Cultura del Diálogo (ICPCD – Citizen Initiative for the Promotion of a Culture of Dialogue), who feature  in an article by Inter Press Service News Agency regarding their participation with the CSI project.

As participants in the pilot phase and again in this current phase, Mexico has a unique opportunity to more fully understand the state of civil society and its impact in Mexico.  As Lorena Cortés, the coordinator of research and public policy for CEMEFI told IPS: “The Index seeks to learn about the state of civil society in the countries where it is conducted; it’s like taking an X-ray of civil society in Mexico.”

By taking these two ‘X-rays’, one in the pilot phase in 2000 and one in the current phase, Mexico will be able to determine whether civil society has changed over these years, whether, to continue the metaphor, any broken bones uncovered in the first X-ray, have begun to heal or be strenthened. “Thanks to the Index, we’ll see if there are advantages to society organising itself. NGOs are co-responsible for the world in which we live, but we are unaware of the enormous strength that we could have if more of us got organised,” said the Azyadeth Adame of ICPCD.

Furthermore, Cortés explains that the goal for implementing the CSI goes beyond this research- focused aspect: it “build(s) a minimum common agenda to present to the government, so that it is more than a mere research study,” and “equip(s) NGOs to become valid interlocutors with the government, and help the government to understand their dynamics.”

The full article can be found at the following link:

http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=47610

Keep up the good work and please send us your stories and articles about the CSI implementation in your country!

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