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Puebla 4

 

The potential for digital government to enhance the quality of life of all citizens remains latent. Whilst the delivery of services and the internal organisation of local government have been transformed through the use of ICT globally, the desire to bring citizens closer to and within public policy makings remains patchy.

Mexico‘s experience is no exception, with barriers to such citizen participation including corruption and the lack of transparency, as well as a culture of disengagement by community organisations and social inequalities.

Funded by the British Academy and Newtown Fund, this project draws on the experience in the UK’s future city demonstrator city, Glasgow, to research and demonstrate ways in which these barriers might be overcome and to identify the benefits which could accrue through more active citizen participation. The projects is a collaboration between IFC and CIDE University in Mexico, working with partners in Puebla, Mexico and the Scottish Cities Alliance in the UK.