CAD collaborates with 'Cómo Vamos, Nuevo León' to promote networking in Mexican civil society

Cómo Vamos, Nuevo León is a platform of citizen organizations from Monterrey, Mexico. It was launched in 2012 to shorten the distance between government and citizens and better incorporate the demands of the city’s inhabitants into public management.To this end, it implements mechanisms of dialogue, commitment, collaboration, and accountability. The network is made up of more than 50 organizations that created The Citizen Agenda, in conjunction with local universities and proactive citizens.

This platform brings together commitments, actions and indicators derived from the collaborative collection and systematization of relevant situations for the inhabitants of Nuevo León and the Metropolitan Area of Monterrey.

The agenda was presented to candidates for mayors and state governor in 2015, who pledged to be evaluated by Cómo Vamos, Nuevo León in case of being elected.Since then, the network Cómo Vamos, Nuevo León works in a proactive manner, poses solutions together with the authorities and monitors the quality of management in nine areas: security, justice and human rights, employment and competitiveness, poverty and inequality, education, urban development, mobility, environment, efficient government, and reliable government.

The network’s leadership, together with the German Cooperation for Sustainable Development in Mexico (GIZ) and CAD, organized the meeting Workshop on Strengthening Networking in August, in order to contribute to the improvement of the communication between the participating organizations, as well as their collaboration with other entities.In a premise at the foot of the Sierra Madre in the outskirts of Monterrey, the attendees shared the motivations that led them to promote their respective projects.Then, they identified the values and shared motivations and they endorsed their commitment to the representation of the collective interest in the agenda of the government.

During the workshop, a participatory diagnosis was made on the work of the network and diverse tools were shared to achieve transformative alliances based on the experience of CAD. Finally, proposals were made to develop initiatives capable of solving the main concerns of the network through a World Café dynamic.