Technology can provide great tools to increase the impact of our programs as well as make our lives easier in implementing them. However, in many instances several of us are unaware of what technology is available, how it can help programs and how to get started. The South-East Asia Regional team, in partnership with Mercy Corps Program Technology TSU, is launching Technology 4 Development (T4D).
T4D is Mercy Corps' new internal platform that helps us apply technology to improve the scale and effectiveness of our programs. The T4D platform allows us to see what technology is available, to learn how to use technology in our work, to seek advice, ask questions, and share stories of success and failure.
Yesh Gunewardena, our Regional Shared Value Director for S-East Asia leads the development of the new T4D Hub and Discussion Group and will present to all South-East Asia team members on what it is and how it works. We invite you to join this call and learn how to make use of this great new resource! We will keep you updated on the latest development for T4D.
Today, December 3, is an international day of persons with disabilities. Mercy Corps has successfully implemented FIELD 1 and FIELD 2 projects funded by USAID during 2009-2013. These projects helped to strengthen capacity of PWDs and introduce Accessible Standards. Under FIELD 2, Mercy Corps has organized Fashion Show of people on wheelchair in 2013 for the first time in Mongolia.
Even though the project ended in 2013, the Tugeemel Hugjil DPO (our former subgrantee), Women’s Association "Brilliant" and Ikh Zasag University joined their efforts to organize a similar fashion show of people on wheelchairs today. 15 ladies on wheelchair will demonstrate fashion side by side with professional models. The best wheelchair model will be selected as an Ambassador of PWDs and receive a cup and a free tour with her family to Italy.
CCL has finished organizing books and publications produced by Mercy Corps during the last 15 years. We managed to collect and sort 295 books and publications in the library. The books are divided into seven categories: Economic Development, Governance, Natural Risk Management, Project Management, Soum Master Plans and Reports.
39% of all books don’t have soft copies. So we would appreciate if any of you helps to find any hard or soft copies of books and publications missing from the attached Library List.
APPEAL project is almost ending, but knowledge, experience and skills it leaves behind continues to benefit local communities. For instance, Hentii aimag CSO network signed an MoU with the aimag Hural to implement 15 types of activities aimed at strengthening citizens knowledge on good governance and anti-corruption laws and regulations. The CSO network was selected by the Hural because of experience and skills gained by implementing subgrants provided by the APPEAL team. The Hural is funding the whole project and the amount of funding stands at MNT 20 million ($10.6 thousand USD).
APPEAL project has produced the book "Baadai and his family". The authors tell about conflict of interest using the fictional character of Baadai, young student of one of the best Universities in Mongolia. The book covers all main definitions and terms related to conflict of interest through days of the week. For instance, the 1st chapter, Monday, relates about position in an organization. This chapter explains how people holding high positions can easily abuse their power. Tuesday is dedicated to sudden gifts. A person gives gifts to high ranking officials to arrange something in his/her favor.
The book is written in a very simple and reader-friendly form with lots of pictures. You can download this book at http://mercycorps.org.mn/projects/appeal/baadai_-_conflict_of_interest_handbook.pdf