Strengthening AMEXCID

Project description

Title: Institutional Strengthening Project for the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID)
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Mexico
Partner: Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID)
Overall term: 2016 to 2020

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Context

In 2011, Mexico enacted the Law of International Development Cooperation (LCID). This saw the establishment of the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID), a decentralised institution of the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE). The main task of AMEXCID is to coordinate, facilitate and promote international cooperation activities. This also involves strengthening Mexico’s profile as a cooperation partner and its role as a ‘donor’ in cooperation arrangements.

As provided for in the LCID, AMEXCID created the cornerstones of the Mexican system of international development cooperation, establishing the National Register of International Development Cooperation, the National Fund for International Development Cooperation and the 2014–2018 Programme for International Development Cooperation. Furthermore, emphasis was placed on strengthening processes and structures within the Agency with a view to implementing more inclusive and effective development cooperation policies in Mexico. AMEXCID plays an important role in implementing the 2030 Agenda in Mexico. This applies in particular to Sustainable Development Goal 17: revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development.

Objective

The coordination structures, tools and skills for implementing Mexican international development cooperation policies are efficient.

Approach

On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the project supports AMEXCID in implementing global development agendas. This concerns, for example, development financing, the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation, the 2030 Agenda and the G20 Development Working Group. The project promotes opportunities for positive cooperation between Germany and Mexico. Furthermore, it helps AMEXCID to involve actors who have traditionally not participated in the formulation and implementation of these global agendas, namely the private sector, civil society, the academic and scientific community and local governments.

The project supports AMEXCID in developing its own tools, methods, strategies, processes and guidelines for Mexican development cooperation. Above all, this applies to planning, monitoring and evaluating the Mexican Government’s international development cooperation projects. The purpose of this is to ensure efficient and effective cooperation that promotes gender equality. The project also helps to provide further training in development cooperation for functionaries in the Agency and the federal administration as well as actors in the Mexican system.

Results

  • For four consecutive years, Mexico, Germany and Switzerland have supported the organisation of the annual meeting of the Friends of Monterrey, both politically and financially. This has promoted participatory dialogue about challenges and progress in issues relating to development financing.
  • The project supported the creation of a G20 learning group on the development of mechanisms for implementing the 2030 Agenda. It documented the process in five other emerging economies, thus promoting a learning process between these countries and Mexico.
  • The project supported the development of the Mexican protocol of action for gender mainstreaming in international development cooperation programmes and projects. This protocol provides inputs for the comprehensive integration of gender perspectives into the activities, projects and programmes of Mexican cooperation, thus driving forward gender equality and sustainable development in this area.
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