The Best Practices book produced by the Mongolian Development Institute describes examples of citizens participation in planning and development of four target soums: Delgertsogt and Saintsagaan soums of Dundgobi aimag and in Binder and Tsenhermandal soums of Hentii aimag.
These soums face the following challenges to implement their development plans:
The Mongolian Development Institute (MDI) was hired by Mercy Corps to develop a case study on certain practices of accountable governance, identify how the practices work and how the processes impact improving civil service practices.
What is a Case Study? Case Study is a descriptive, exploratory or explanatory analysis of a person, group or event. According to the MDI, Case Study answers the questions who, how and why and is used as a tool to introduce changes, apply innovations and improve processes.
In policy research, management science and other sectors, collecting evidence, analyzing processes and conducting case studies became almost mandatory for research work. It not only promotes good practices, it creates knowledge and applies innovations in real life.
Case Study must meet the following three criteria:
The international anti-corruption forum "Transparent Ulaanbaatar 2014" took place in Ulaanbaatar on 6-7 October. The goal of this forum was to bring together representatives from all levels of national and local government, national and international NGOs and businesses and discuss anti-corruption ideas and practices, share experiences, help the UB city to develop its anti-corruption strategy. The Forum was organized by the UB mayor’s office.
Uvurhangai aimag Governor Togtokhsuren was the only representative from local government to give a presentation. He introduced to the participants how Uvurhangai developed Anti-corruption Action Plans in all soums with the active support from Mercy Corps’ APPEAL project.
Winter is coming to Mongolia. Herders traditionally start preparing for winter in summer. They work hard to ensure that livestock had grazed on best pastures and gained enough weight to survive through harsh winter. Herders buy hay and fodder, fix animal shelters, cull and sell weaker animals.
Since the last zud in 2009-2010, Mongolia had relatively mild, predictable winters for a few years in a row. Number of animals in Mongolia has been consistently growing and reached almost 60 million heads. How cold will be the next winter?
We did a small survey in our 15 aimags. Most aimags experienced drought and low rainfalls this year. Many herders already moved away with their herds to neighboring soums and aimags. Also, due to poor growth of grass, local herders were unable to prepare enough hay. Prices of hay and fodder have increased and are putting pressure on local budgets. Herders are expecting cold and snowy winter. Aimags with the highest level of risk are Zavhan, Gobi-Altai, Uvs, Umnugobi, Dundgobi, Suhbaatar, Bayanhongor, Hentii.