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
During the last MINGO (Mongolian International NGO) meeting last Thursday, we discussed a situation around Ebola outbreak. The representative from the Ministry of Health gave an update on the situation and Mongolia’s preparedness to this deadly disease.
Mongolia takes the following measures to protect from this deadly virus:
The members of the fourth group discussed roles and responsibilities of Local Procurement Units, civil society and media to enhance transparency, openness and accountability of the public procurement process.This session offered an opportunity to share insights and feedback on existing experience and develop innovative solutions to institutionalize local procurement practice.
Below are ideas and thoughts from the participants: