We are a civil association that works with communities, social and international organizations and foundations, researchers and universities, governments and companies with the purpose of building synergies for the strenghtening of institutional capacities in the most conflictive and vulnerable regions of Mexico.

At ODP We believe that development depends on the existence of institutions that include, defend and promote the interests of the social majority, defined in processes of inclusion and social participation. In order to build and strengthen these institutions, ODP supports citizens, particularly in the most vulnerable and isolated communities, to identify, prioritize and manage their development agenda in a sustainable way, and develop instruments of voice and accountability. At the same time ODP helps the public sector to build mechanisms that foster participatory governance and works with the private sector to build synergies and align the interests of all relevant stakeholders.

Understanding that the solutions generated by the local population have greater impact and sustainability,ODP looks forward to help communities, especially those with higher levels of poverty and social unrest, on their path to development.

To this end, for nearly 20 years we have created, operated and perfected an intervention model that is based on the establishment of a Network of Social Promoters, which identifies, agrees and prioritizes social demand in any municipality in the country, and the channels to the institutions of the three levels of government, building social capital, articulating strategic responses to environmental problems among actors from the institutional, academic, social and private spheres, and promoting investment for development.

We work under a participatory methodology, which privileges the identification of opportunities, the appropriation of projects by the community, the empowerment of the population, social cohesion and inclusion and the strengthening of institutional capacities.

This Network has been successfully deployed in the most conflictive regions of the country, including, among many others, the following places:

  • Sierra Tarahumara (Chihuahua, Durango and Sinaloa)
  • Sierra Madre Occidental (Durango, Sinaloa, Nayarit)
  • Tierra Caliente (Michoacán and Guerrero)
  • Tamaulipas and the North of Veracruz
  • South of Veracruz, Tabasco and Campeche
  • Huasteca (Chicontepec and surroundings in Hidalgo, San Luis Potosí and Veracruz
  • Lacandona jungle
  • Sierra Sur, Isthmus of Tehuantepec

Our analysis work stands out due the proven experience we have in risk management in the territory.

Our work combines in-depth research, qualitative and quantitative analysis techniques, and the adaptation of local and international best practices. We have the largest database on the risks of the social environment, governance and development in Mexico. We are pioneers in the development of databases on governance, institutional development, violence and social conflict. This analytical work draws on our own practical and proactive experience in the territory, as well as in the production of studies, research, randomized experiments and impact evaluations.

One such study was published by the World Bank y aand some research collaborations have been recognized in essays published in some of the most prestigious academic journals such as Quarterly Journal of Economics, el Journal of Development Economics, y el Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, and others from the World Bank, among other scientific reference sites.

We have carried out analyzes, studies and evaluations for the Federal Government (Sedesol, Segob, CDI and SEDATU, Pemex, CFE, among others), for state governments (Durango, Oaxaca, Chiapas, Nayarit, among others) and municipal governments. In addition, we have carried out research projects with the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank, international cooperation agencies (USAID, Open Society Foundation); theGovernance Lab del MIT, Berkeley and Stanford University, Baccalaureate and Technological Universities, Colmex, ITAM, etc. In addition, we have carried out Social Impact Assessments and Pre-feasibility Studies on large investment projects for development.