Isthmus of Tehuantepec Inter-Oceanic Corridor

Public-Private Partnerships and their territorial impacts in Mexico

The Isthmus of Tehuantepec Inter-Oceanic Corridor is one of the flagship megaprojects of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s administration. It includes infrastructure for energy projects and industrial development areas, including the restoration of the Isthmus railway and the construction, maintenance and operation of the Jáltipan Salina Cruz natural gas pipeline.

The railway and the pipeline projects will be carried out under what are called Public-Private Partnerships with foreign investors. In Mexico, these PPP had been presented as a solution to the State’s inability to administer and provide public goods and services. But this approach in many cases has not yielded the expected results, and has prompted a number of territorial disputes.

The PPP model is one mechanism that has historically facilitated the corporate capture of the State, allowing private interests to outweigh human rights and causing social and environmental damage. Furthermore, because they are designed without a gender perspective, they obscure the discrimination and marginalization that women experience in the region when they are not taken into account in decision-making processes.

Through corporate research and collaborative mapping tools, we accompany indigenous women who are organizing to defend the Isthmus territory, helping them to build their own notion of well-being and to forge an agenda in which the right to health, education, food, water and environmental protection are basic pillars.

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