Can Mexican Migrants Improve Local Governance in their Communities of Origin? Designing Public-Private Partnerships to Leverage Collective Remittances

Medford, MA, United States of America
over 2 years
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Mexican migrants in the United States are increasingly organized into hometown associations (HTAs) through which they seek to support and maintain ties with their places of origin and retain a sense of community while they adjust to life in the United States. These associations make charitable donations, known as collective remittances, for community projects, including road construction and pavement, electrification, and construction of schools and recreational and health facilities in Mexico. Beginning in 2002, the Mexican government implemented a 3-1 program through which every peso committed by an HTA for an approved project, the national, state and local governments each contribute another peso. This grant will assist the research team from Tufts University to carry out a study to determine whether collective remittances have an impact on the quality of local governance. Survey will be conducted with HTAs in the U.S. and with hometown communities in Mexico. Questions of particular interest are to identify the conditions under which HTAs are willing and able to serve as effective social monitors in their communities of origin, and whether HTA success contributes to good governance and impacts how local citizens view their own rights and obligations.

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Katrina Burgess
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