The Importance of an Integrated Social Registry as a Key Tool for the Planning and Reorientation of Social Policy: The Case of the Social Information System in Mexico

Yani Limberopulos
Crisna Cuchcatla
Alvaro Montes de Oca, El Colegio de México

The Mexican social policy has been unable to meet its objective: Reducing poverty levels that have exceeded levels above 40% in the last decades. In this paper, we analyze the implications that the implementation of an Integrated Social Register could have in the fight against the fragmentation, opacity and inefficiency of the social policy, which currently consist on 6,491 social programs operated by the three levels of government. We also do a review of a series of omissions in the General Law of Social Development and of what we consider the main institutional deficiencies that have contributed to the lack of results. The Social Information System aims to massively congregate standardized socioeconomic and demographic information to better understand the social needs of Mexican households while adding transparency and facilitating the interaction between stakeholders, and by doing so contributing to the reorientation of much needed resources to effectively fight poverty.

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 Presented in Session 8. Economy, Labor Force, Education, & Inequality