The Ministry of Industry was created in December of 2014. This Ministry is in charge of SME development in Mongolia. The Ministry outlined the SME Development Program for 2014-2016. The main goal of this program is to enhance competitiveness of small and medium enterprises and increase employment. There are six key objectives in the Program:
During the iCOGS project lifetime (2013-2014), Mercy Corps provided competitive subgrants to 61 local CSOs. Almost 80% of these grants focused on two objectives: 1) monitoring of procurement process and 2) monitoring of contract executions. The following findings were uncovered as a result of monitoring:
In order to improve citizens’ access to public procurement opportunities, ICOGS conducted the following key activities that brought more openness and competitiveness to procurement process:
With better skills, more local bidders with better proposals are now able to compete for government tenders. Local governments are able to get the best possible value for their money.
According to the project data, the number of competitors per procurement increased from 1.8 in 2012 to 3.2 in 2014. Compared to the approved budgets for these procurements, actual cost was lower by 10%. It is evident that increase in local contracting and improved management of projects are creating two economic benefits for local communities: cost saving for the government and increased business opportunities for local entrepreneurs.
Universal Progress NGO was one of the partners of Mercy Corps. Under the FIELD II, this NGO took a subgrant to establish a center for PWDs. As a result of working with Mercy Corps, the Universal Progress has greatly strengthened its capacity and became a truly national NGO.
Last year, the Universal Progress was selected by the Open Forum to conduct survey of social welfare services in Dundgobi (FIELD aimag) and Umnugobi (non-FIELD aimag). The survey was completed this month. According to the survey, infrastructure for PWDs and general development of DPOs were much higher in Dundgobi compared to Umnugobi. Most public buildings in Dundgobi had ramps and staff of local DPOs had better skills and experience. Meanwhile, Umnugobi DPOs were weaker in terms of capacity. Also, the public buildings in Umnugobi had fewer ramps. According to Undrakhbayar, director of the Universal Progress, "we can see how situation in FIELD aimag is different than situation in non-FIELD aimag".
Soon Mongolia and the world will celebrate March 8, the International Women’s Day.
Mercy Corps is proud to have contributed to economic development of rural women in Mongolia by imp-lementing Gender in Agriculture and Rural Development project (GARD). This one year project funded by the ADB aimed to increase income of 350 female meat and milk sellers, small traders and felt product makers in four aimags.
The project brought its benefits to over 1000 people directly or indirectly including those who managed to improve their working conditions, gain knowledge and experience and develop their business with a loan from LGM. The female business operators increased their income and successfully expanded their businesses in terms of scope. For instance, 77.6% of businesses operators, who were disbursed soft loan, increased their income substantially with good pay back record. Women business operators acquired gender knowledge, marketing and communication skills from social and business training sessions; at the same time they made great achievements in setting good relations with customers and respecting the clients.
We congratulate all our women of Mercy Corps in Mongolia and around the world for your hard work and commitment. We wish you success and all the very best!