The APPEAL team has awarded two cycles of small grants to 99 CSOs. The goal was to increase partnership with local government and media while trying to raise awareness of the general public on emerging and existing governance laws and regulations, and its reinforce implementation. As a result:
APPEAL partnered with the Globe International, Mongolian NGO, to build youth leadership through an anti‐corruption campaign in 15 aimags and 60 soums. This 5 month project was completed in January 2014.
This project mobilized 17,152 individuals: 4,000 youth learned to use social media and 40 youth groups implemented 54 small projects that engaged 13,352 youth and adults. The Youth Ambassador activity created the opportunity for youth to learn more about good governance, socialize with peers, and actively engage in anti‐corruption activities. It built the capacity of the rural youth; trained them on how to develop video pitching; how to write proposals; and how to organize, raise issues and collaborate on implementing project activities.
The main impacts of the project are:
The APPEAL project team organized two Rules to Reality Campaigns in 2013-2014. The main goal of these campaigns was to help citizens gain accurate understanding about the legal and regulatory framework for good governance and promote further dialogue and information exchange between local government officials and citizens.
APPEAL worked with representatives from local Hurals, Governor’s Office, CSOs and media to form 75 working groups and organize more than 1360 activities engaging 95807 individuals. The activities included thematic meetings, public announcements, quiz competitions, public discussions, essay contests, local governments’ "Open Door Days" and exhibitions of products from local business that accessed loans from the SME Local Funds.
As a result of the campaigns, local participants reported that they have a better understanding of key governance laws, that they value collaboration across sectors, that they are more likely to participate in local governance processes and feel an increased possibility in connecting to government organizations. A number of local governments have implemented activities similar to those modelled by the campaigns. For example, the Governor of Bayanhongor aimag issued a resolution to celebrate International Anti-corruption Day with a campaign called "Together Against Corruption" to carry out between 25 September and 15 October 2014.
One of the APPEAL Performance Indicators is "No of best practices introduced in Good Governance Week for potential replication in non- project areas".
Mercy Corps in collaboration with the IAAC consolidated lessons learned and best practices of good governance and produced the Good Governance Best Practices book in 2014. This book contains 20 best practices collected from citizens, local officials, private sector, media, and CSOs. The best practices included in the book describe efforts to improve the structures of government decision-making; strategies to increase accountability within government and to make government more transparent, just, responsive and participatory.
In December 2014, 1500 Mongolian language copies of the book were printed and distributed to project stakeholders for future reference with the goal of formulating improved policies, and to take appropriate measurements of decision-makers at the local level.
Changing citizens’ perception about government efforts in combating corruption was one of priorities of the APPEAL project. Independent Research Institute of Mongolia (IRIM) and Tenger Research Center conducted baseline and end-line surveys respectively. The end-line survey results show that citizens perception of anti-corruption efforts increased by 10.3% (target 10%).
Number of respondents who know very well about government activities against corruption in 2014 went up compared to 2012. And accordingly, the number people in 2014 who didn’t know or knew very little declined compared to 2012.
Citizens’ knowledge about government activities against corruption.