The 2014 Human Development Report was launched in Mongolia on 27th September, 2014. The 2014 Report presents Human Development Index values for 187 countries.
Since the first global Human Development Report came in 1990, most countries have registered significant human development. The 187 countries were divided into four groups:
This year Mongolia stands at 103rd place, sharing it with countries like Maldives and Turkmenistan. Mongolia was able to improve by three places since last year and is sitting at the top of countries with Medium Human Development. We believe that Mongolia has potential to join countries with High Human Development next year. What do you think? Share your opinions and ideas regarding human development in Mongolia. Is Mercy Corps contributing to this progress?
Very soon, on September 1st, all schools in Mongolia will open their doors and start a new school season. More than 58 thousand young children are expected to go to school for the first time.
Mercy Corps has an experience working with school children before. Under the Building Rural Institutions Through Civil Society project funded by the British Embassy, Mercy Corps helped to promote open, transparent and competitive outsourcing through the School Tea Break Program. And one of main beneficiaries of this project were kids who were able to get a better meal as a result of competitive and transparent School Break tenders.
Mercy Corps wishes all children of Mongolia success in the new school year.
In order for rural economic development to be effective, a community needs to identify and consider its own economic strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, and agree on a shared strategy. Socio-economic development master plans (SMP) offer communities the opportunity to work together to improve the local economy and enhance competitiveness, thereby encouraging sustainable and inclusive growth.
One of APPEAL project indicators is "# of new SMPs developed and ratified by soums citizens Hural". Currently 116 SMPs have been developed and submitted to the soum Hurals. 82 Soum master plans have been ratified by local Hurals. The remaining 34 SMPs are expected to be approved before the end of APPEAL project.
APPEAL project is committed to improve legal, institutional and administrative processes to promote democratic reforms and economic growth in the country. APPEAL team has eleven performance indicators to assess if the project achieves its aims. One of performance targets is "no less than 10% change in public confidence/perception about government and public institutions effort in combating corruption".
APPEAL team in partnership with IAAC organized numerous activities that aimed at changing public confidence and perception, including two Rules to Reality Campaigns, Good Governance Weeks, consolidating Good Practices on Good Governance. The survey on Perceptions and Knowledge of Corruption, conducted by the Asia Foundation last spring revealed that public confidence/perception about government and public institutions effort in combating corruption changed by 10.8% during the last two years. Mercy Corps in cooperation with its partners is proud to have achieved the targets set at the beginning of the project.
Under iCOGS, Mercy Corps has developed a monitoring checklist, called the "Procurement Transparency Index (PTI)" based on the Public Procurement Law of Mongolia. The PTI is used to check the transparency of individual procurements of public goods, works and services across all 13 aimags.
PTI has the potential to become a valuable monitoring tool for civil society partners to oversee the procurement process. The next would be to work with the General Procurement Agency to incorporate this tool for the evaluation systems of the Agency.