Francisco CHÁVEZ DELGADO
Fellow Since 1998
Sistema de Información de Menores Extraviados
This profile was prepared when Francisco Chávez Delgado was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1998.
The New Idea
Francisco begins with the premise that information is a public resource which should be maintained and managed so that the parents of missing children, the police, and citizen organizations have access to the same data and can share their knowledge. He aims the power of the Internet at a failing system that suffers from poor organization and communication–just the kind of problems that new information technology can solve. The association that Francisco founded started as a web page designed to help search for lost children and has become a platform for communication and partnership among Mexican families, authorities, social service agencies, and universities, as well as international organizations. The association succeeds because it serves two complementary purposes: aiding the search for missing children by disseminating information, and building the culture of partnership needed to combat a national–indeed global–problem.