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September 05, 2017
On Valentine’s Day 2011, my adventures with the International Republican Institute (IRI) as the Regional Program Director for Central America began. Upon landing in Guatemala, I was very excited.   As I ventured outside the airport terminal, my new colleagues soon found me. We talked about... Read More
April 21, 2017
Violence is one of the most troubling problems in Mexican society. At the beginning of 2017, the murder rate jumped significantly in 25 of Mexico’s 32 states, or in about 80 percent of the country. Despite preventive polices and mechanisms introduced at a federal level since 2012, security and... Read More
January 27, 2017
La corrupción es una enfermedad que a México le cuesta mucho. De acuerdo con la revista Forbes, representa una pérdida de aproximadamente 347,000 millones de pesos al año, equivalente a un 9% del PIB nacional.[1] A esto se agrega la pérdida de hasta 5%... Read More
January 23, 2017
En cualquiera sociedad, los altos índices de percepción de la corrupción y la desconfianza en las instituciones afectan la colaboración entre ciudadanos y autoridades. Así lo demuestran diversos estudios donde se afirma que el 80 por ciento de los mexicanos no confían en las instituciones del... Read More
January 18, 2017
Desde hace varias décadas México padece la terrible enfermedad de la corrupción y en años recientes sus síntomas han empeorado. Actualmente, México es considerado el país más corrupto de la OCDE (Organización para la Cooperación y Desarrollo Económico). Dato que no resulta sorprendente tomando en... Read More
December 09, 2016
All societies suffer from corruption to some degree. However, Mexico is paying a steep price for this problem. Every year corruption reportedly costs Mexico between 2 to 10 percent of its gross domestic product, chases away foreign investment by 5 percent, and depresses employment by almost... Read More
September 16, 2016
Mid-September is a special time for IRI.  It marks the independence celebrations of our immediate southern neighbors, the Central American States of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua (September 15, 1821), and the independence of Mexico (September 16, 1810).  It’... Read More
August 29, 2016
How do governments reach their citizens? How can civil society bridge the divide between citizens and their government? IRI Mexico faced these and other questions in 2009 as they developed and launched programs in Nuevo Leon and Hidalgo. Seven years later, as these programs comes to a close, the... Read More
April 03, 2016
Good governance work takes many shapes. When I tell my friends what I do and describe good governance, I use the definition “government institutions managing public resources and making sure it is done with citizens input.” Depending on where you are, this can look very different. For example,... Read More
March 15, 2016
Every year, courtroom dramas like Law & Order provide a basic understanding of the U.S. justice system to millions of Americans. Despite their fictional and sensationalized form, these programs give citizens a snapshot of pretty much what really happens inside a typical American courtroom—... Read More