The sixth edition of the “Gobernarte 2019 - Eduardo Campos Prize” contest of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) identified four innovative ideas for data use and citizen services presented by subnational governments of Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico as winners of this edition of the contest.
In this year's edition, sub-national governments of twelve countries in Latin America and the Caribbean presented a total of 99 initiatives. A panel of six international juries evaluated the initiatives by applying criteria about their relevance, innovation, social inclusion, feasibility, impact and expected results, sustainability, innovation, and the potential to be replicated.
The governments of Mexico City (Mexico) and the State of Alagoas (Brazil) were chosen as the winners of the category “Use of data for the public policy cycle”. On the other hand, the Prefecture of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and the Government of the Department of Atlántico (Colombia) were the winners in the category of “Innovative services targeted at vulnerable communities”.
The Gobernarte contest seeks to identify, reward and document the most innovative practices in different areas of public management at the subnational level, with the aim of disseminating them and promoting cooperation between the governments of Latin America and the Caribbean.
The four winning initiatives were:
1. “SIBIS – Information System for Social Welfare” / Government of Mexico City, Mexico
SIBIS seeks to be a tool to bring together all information on social welfare and how social policy is planned, managed, implemented, and delivered to the most vulnerable groups in Mexico City. This allows the government to effectively approach disadvantaged communities, in addition to enabling the creation of a single register of beneficiaries of social programs.
2. “New Life to the Grotas” Program– Initiatives for evidence-based urban management / Government of the State of Alagoas, Brazil
The "New Life to the Grotas" program is an umbrella for projects focused on the most vulnerable populations in Maceió. Specifically, it focuses on the production, use, and systematization of social, economic, and territorial data and information with the objective of strengthening the cycle of public policies and the creation of local and international alliances. Looking ahead to 2020, the plan is to develop the GeoGrotas 2.0 platform, which will incorporate data from up to 100 informal settlements.
1. “Social Territories” – Inclusion of vulnerable families in social protection networks in Rio de Janeiro / Prefecture of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The “Social Territories” program aims to incorporate families that are still invisible to the municipal network into social registries and municipal programs, as well as to increase the quality of care and monitoring of those who already access these services. To start, families in vulnerable situations will be identified, then an integrated action plan will be created, and finally the outcome of the program will be monitored.
2. “Come Closer” – Connectivity platform for social innovation / Government of the Department of Atlántico and University of Nariño, Colombia
The proposal proposes to develop a Web platform and a crowdsourcing cell phone application called “Come Closer”, with the purpose of bringing the community closer to the local government and being able to use technology and collective intelligence to solve problems and to make inquiries to citizens. The “Come Closer” project constitutes a proposal for social transformation, since it proposes to create a space to propose solutions aimed at improving the living conditions of vulnerable populations.
The awards ceremony will take place in Buenos Aires (Argentina) on October 1 at the XIII Annual Meeting of the Network of e-Government Leaders of Latin American and the Caribbean (Red GEALC). At the event, the winners will participate in a co-creation workshop with the objective of strengthening the design and implementation of the selected initiatives.
More information about the winning initiatives will be available on the contest website www.iadb.org/gobernarte.
The Inter-American Development Bank is devoted to improving lives. Established in 1959, the IDB is a leading source of long-term financing for economic, social and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. The IDB also conducts cutting-edge research and provides policy advice, technical assistance and training to public and private sector clients throughout the region.
María Inés Vásquez
IDB Project Team Leader