On 19 February 2015, the Mongolians will be celebrating Tsagaan Sar or a new Year of Sheep. According to the Mongolian horoscope, the coming Year of Sheep will bring stability, peace and prosperity. Overall, there will be abundant rain and precipitation. Pastures will turn green and risk of dzud is minimal.
We wish that in the coming year Mercy Corps Mongolia can start many projects that will make difference in lives of rural Mongolians. Huge thanks to everyone in Mercy Corps Mongolia team for your work!
We wish all our partners, donors, beneficiaries and staff a good and prosperous new year.
Happy Tsagaan Sar!!!
iCOGS reviewed program implementation under the terms of the MOUs with the GPA and local governors in 13 aimags in order to discuss progress and challenges in meeting project objectives, and to focus on identifying follow-up activities for 2014. The majority of relevant procurement actors took part in the review process and emphasized that ICOGS and local government are both committed to bringing a positive change to local procurement practices by facilitating each other’s resources; supporting collaboration on good local procurement practices; and creating a more accessible procurement database and information dissemination system.
The MoUs were designed to support collaborative engagement to make public procurement practices more transparent by accomplishing the following objectives:
According to the MoU reviews, ICOGS and local governments partnered effectively to achieve those common goals with more than 94.8% of all activities planned in the MoUs completed by the end of 2014.
Mercy Corps' South-East Asia Annual Regional Meeting was organized in Cebu City, Philippines between 6 and 9 February, 2015. Total of 47 representatives from nine regional countries including Myanmar, Philippines, Indonesia, China, Mongolia, Japan, Timor-Leste, India, Nepal and headquarters in Portland, US participated in the meeting.
The main themes that participants discussed for three and a half days were Mission and Vision of Mercy Corps, Resilience, Regional Value Proposition, Social Ventures, and Economic and Market Development. According to some of the participants, the “Research and Learning: Thought Leadership” session was especially interesting and innovative.
We'll be discussing about the themes in our upcoming flares.
Mongolia's improved information, communication, and technology (ICT) infrastructure allows for innovations in training, dialogue, and engagement. Mercy Corps and our partners made active use of webinars and online tools to lower costs, speed information sharing, and ensure consistency of message.
Considering the vast area of Mongolia and high travel costs associated with the gathering local participants in one place to conduct training or sessions, APPEAL vigorously used ICT approaches in implementation of project activities. Over the project lifetime, 38 online sessions were organized, saving USD 267,547 according to an internal calculation.
The Youth Ambassadors Initiative actively applied ICT tools to teach and help rural youth interact and collaborate with each other in a social media dialogue. The APPEAL Partners are using web tools for information and knowledge sharing, learning and communication for promoting transparency, and openness of local governments.
Since its launch, APPEAL assisted cross-sector stakeholders to plan and host interactive dialogue through the local Citizen Chambers. APPEAL supported local Citizen Chambers by developing and providing a manual for improving operations and activities of Citizen Chambers and organizing online sessions to instruct Citizen Chambers’ staff on operation of Chambers. Moreover, APPEAL encouraged its’ partners to organize public discussions on anti-corruption strategies, youth activities, local planning, and use of funds in Citizen Chambers as a venue for local dialogue. As a result: