Quatro por Uno - Mexico

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Quatro por Uno (Four to One) is a remittance matching programme in Mexico. It was initiated by a US based home town association (HTA). They were seeking ways to contribute to home town development, and sought contact with the local government for assistance. The local government, federal government, national government and Western Union now meet every dollar remitted for development projects by HTAs.

Results

Critics have argued that limited impact on poverty reduction has been achieved and local labour markets are still weak in 4x1 communities. According to the evaluation, the local level still shows structural weaknesses in terms of transparency, accountabil

Activities

• Financial support to community infrastructure projects
• Fundraising activities among constituency

OrganisationFederacion Zacatecana
Organisation typeMigrant Organisation
Sector(s)
  • Philanthropy
Countries
  • Mexico
Region(s)
  • North America
  • South America
Websitewww.federacionzacatecana.org
Partnerships

• Private sector
• 3 government levels (national, federal, local)
• Western Union
• Home Town Associations in USA

Financial contributors

Challenges

Local ownership

Local decision-making power
The 4x1 project seeks to improve the local development in home towns of Mexican migrants. In cooperation with local government, they now implement mostly infrastructural projects in their home communities. The projects are selected through screening and assessment of meeting the local development needs by the local government and supported by migrant associations. This way, local empowerment is more stimulated as the projects are selected on the ground, rather than transnationally.

Information

Keeping people informed
Recipient communities are unfortunately not always aware of the existence of such Quatro por Uno opportunities. Some critics have argued that this could therefore benefit the lucky few in certain regions with strongly organized Home Town Organizations and active Local Government representatives. To tackle the issue that only few regions might benefit from the scheme, the government has made an effort in supporting other less fortunate regions in their efforts to attract funding by informing them of the possibilities, and in low-migration regions, they have attempted to reallocate portions of development funds for additional support in these regions.