Chile inspired by Mexico plan

‘Prospera’ seen as public policy example
The Mexican social program Prospera constitutes an example of the type of public policies that must be considered by countries that want to make structural reforms, said the Chilean economist Sergio Urzúa.
Prospera is a social program initiated by the Mexican government to provide educational, health, nutritional and economic support to marginalized groups. It also promises to generate conditions that allow Mexicans to find jobs or be included in productive activities which promote autonomy and economic independence.
In a column published on Nov. 23 in the daily Chilean paper El Mercurio, Urzúa said “it would be good to look at the Mexican experience,” in respect to the education reform that the Chilean congress is currently studying.
Prospera constitutes “an example of how to make public policies,” said the university academic.
“The program completely revolutionizes social policies, not only in Mexico, but in the whole world,” said Urzúa.
The social program, which started out as a program called “Opportunities,” continued in Mexico because “it went from less to more,” said the economist.
“Its growth was sequential. In its first years it was directed at small rural areas and then expanded to municipalities with less than 50,000 inhabitants (2001),” Urzúa said.
This strategy “allowed for important adjustments in time, which are difficult to anticipate in highly complicated social programs,” he said.
“Sequential changes, informed, evaluated and with price and impact objective indicators are the necessary conditions to assure the sustainability of reforms on a large scale,” said Urzúa.
The economist added that “the second element which explained its success was the continual evaluation of its results.”
“Although poverty was detected in function of the scarcity of economic resources, it is much more than that.”
“To reduce poverty it would be necessary to generate conditions so that households can permanently break the cycle of poverty,” Urzúa said.
The Chilean government presented Congress with a law project to carry out a profound education reform, which considers ending the profits in the sector and guaranteeing free access to education for all citizens, among other points.
Source: THE NEWS


  1. Whether it is called Prospera: Opportunities:, Democracy ; Socialism; or Communism, government policies reduce personal initiative by way of high taxes and big government red tape as is happening in Mexico today. Personal initiative is increased by free enterprise Capitalism, limited government , laws and taxes … and the rule of law. Wealth is also increased.

    Remember those days of yesteryear when the United States was the world Super Power, and created over half of all the world’s wealth ? Well those days are gone, for today over half of adults are on welfare of some form, and people on welfare often receive more from welfare than they can make on wages … and the federal treasury has had to borrow over $22 trillion U.S. dollars.

    America was the worlds largest loaner of funds, and now it is the world’s greatest debtor. Yes, the U.S. Constitution was changed from a balanced budget federal government to one where the people could be taxed and money could be printed and spent, and repaid back at some other time. Now off the gold and silver standards, paper money is merely an IOU by the Federal Reserve.

    Printing money without an equal growth in value, results in inflation and lowers value of ones savings. Business creates productive jobs, and government jobs only created more limits on your personal freedoms. America was likely the first time that the people experienced real freedom as sovereign citizens, and not subjects of a leader. Perhaps today in practice … this is no longer true in America.

  2. I wonder why Chile is inspired by a somewhat failed state? Yes I know, it is because Mexico is following the United Nations Agenda 21 that is a program that aims to make all countries and peoples equal in education , standard of living, health insurance and almost in religion. The U.S. as I remember vetoed the United Nations Resolution for one world religion : Islam.

    When it comes to world equality, the worlds fresh drinking water is some 40 present short of what is necessary for human consumption, and in San Francisco CA USA, the water that is piped down to San Francisco from the snow melt in the Sierra Nevada Mountains is being augmented in San Francisco by some 10 percent well water that is not safe to drink, but when diluted by the 90 percent pure mountain water … is acceptable. Many of the worlds population presently drink dirty river and street runoff water.

    Then there is the majority of the worlds population that live in poverty, and the number that die daily of starvation. With the reduction of resources, how will the sharing of these resources bode for the few who have a surplus ?

    If Agenda 21 comes to pass, like the American and Mexican Presidents seem dedicated to happen, will everyone get the same standard of living as everyone else independent of jobs? And will the indigenous Mexican nationals be subjected to the same toxins as are the well to do; the same laws; the same religion and language?

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