Agency Says New Database Will Improve Support for Mexico's Poorest People
Mexico News Daily
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July 17, 2015

Robles and Lastiri Quirós at yesterday's presentation (Sedesol)

If you’re extremely poor in Mexico, federal authorities know not only where you live but who you are: your name, your age and your needs. They also know there are 6.1 million of you.

Social Development Secretary Rosario Robles Berlanga introduced the Development Targeting System (Sifode) this week, a database that was created with a socioeconomic survey of more than 9 million people.

Conducted in coordination with state and municipal authorities, the survey identified the country’s poorest people by name and needs, and what branch of government was tasked with providing them support.

The information will permit a more coordinated approach that avoids duplication of services, said officials with the Secretariat of Social Development, or Sedesol, during a presentation.

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