Joint Mexican-German Fund

Project description

Title: Joint Mexican-German Fund
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Mexico
Lead executing agency: Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID)
Overall term: 2015 to 2018

Joint Mexican-German Fund. © GIZ

Context

Mexico is one of Germany’s key strategic and global development partners, but it is currently facing some major domestic challenges with regard to good governance. For example, there is a need for greater transparency and accountability of government action; more effective protection of human rights at all levels of government, including for migrants; more citizen participation in public policy-making; and greater social inclusion, which means involving marginalised groups more closely in development processes.

Mexico is tackling these challenges with a range of initiatives, including new policy approaches and new legislation, such as a package of anti-corruption bills and the Law on Transparency and Access to Public Information. Furthermore, it is seeking to cooperate with Germany in order to support projects by various governmental and non-governmental actors aiming to strengthen and implement governance reform initiatives.

Objective

Germany and Mexico are co-supporting projects designed to strengthen institutional capacity for good governance in Mexico and Central America.

Approach

The Joint Mexican-German Fund supports projects relating to democratic governance, the rule of law, human rights, public security and social inclusion. Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID) are financing the Fund in equal parts. AMEXCID and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH are involved to an equal degree in shaping the Fund’s structure. A steering committee consisting of German and Mexican delegates has co-selected projects for implementation by governmental and non-governmental partners based in Mexico and Central America and, in the context of mutual learning, in Germany, too. In this form, the Joint Mexican-German Fund offers an innovative instrument for cooperation between Germany and an emerging economy.

The Fund is supporting two projects (status as at July 2016):

  1. Preventing the migration of unaccompanied children and adolescents from Central America’s Northern Triangle. The project is working with municipalities in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras that are experiencing high levels of northward migration by unaccompanied minors. The objective is to prevent violence by providing access to education and improving living conditions. Save the Children Mexico is implementing this project in cooperation with the corresponding national offices of Save the Children in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. In each of these countries, work focuses on two municipalities with high rates of child migration.

  2. Introducing and institutionalising standards to improve transparency in Mexico’s extractive industries. The Mexican Government is planning to introduce the global standard of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (global EITI standard). Transparent information on conditions, licences and revenues from raw materials extraction is intended to stimulate a wider debate and foster participatory political decisions on the way extractive industries are governed in Mexico. Currently preparing its application for EITI candidature, Mexico aspires to comply with the EITI standard in 1 to 2 years’ time following an introductory period. The project aims to support this process by developing specialist skills and expertise and through global and regional knowledge sharing. Its main partner is the Mexican Ministry of Energy, but other actors are also involved, such as the Ministry of Economy and Ministry of Finance, as well as stakeholders from the private sector and civil society.

In future, the Fund is to support human-rights projects in municipalities along Mexico’s southern border, as well as projects that promote fiscal transparency.

Joint Mexican-German Fund. Project poster. Working to prevent the migration of unaccompanied children and young people from Central America’s Northern Triangle. @ GIZ