In May, the National Statistics and Geography Institute (INEGI) in Mexico presented the first results of the Non-Profit Institutions Satellite Account. The Mexican Center for Philanthropy (Cemefi) was part of the technical working group that prepared this.
The Satellite Account allows the public to learn of the value of Mexican CSOs’ contribution in terms of the national gross domestic product (GDP) and other variables, such as the number of active organizations and volunteers. It also contributes to the development of the non-profit sector by filling an information gap, and creating the necessary conditions by which to measure and identify the sector. The research methods consider the newest international guidelines of, among others, the UN System of National Accounts (UNSNA) 2008, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Notable among the figures presented in the Satellite Account is the contribution of CSOs to the 2008 national GDP. It amounts to 118.9 billion pesos, including volunteer work, representing 0.98 per cent of the country’s GDP. Among all the similar statistics available in other countries, Mexico’s Satellite Account is the most up to date in the world.
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