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:
The panel discussion 3 during the National Governance Forum was CSO and Government Partnership. This panel discussed the successes and challenges encountered in strengthening partnership between CSO and Government. What solution methods could applied to solve problems and how Government and CSO can collaborate to strengthen partnership as well as assessing the activities carried out in the past in strengthening partnership?
Below are responses and ideas from the participants:
SDC has been implementing the 1st Phase of the Governance and Decentralization Program (GDP) since April 2012. This Phase is going to end in March of the next year. The 2nd Phase of the Governance and Decentralization Program is set to begin on May 2015 and will continue until the end 2018. On 6 November the SDC invited representatives from national and local government, NGOs and international development organizations to participate in a planning workshop to seek feedback and ideas for the proposed design of GDP-II.
The goal of GDP II remains the same: Sub-national governments are empowered, democratic and accountable to citizens, and they provide services responding to citizens’ needs. There are four outcomes of GDP II:
The participants were divided into four groups and tasked to provide ideas and feedback on one of four above mentioned outcomes. The results of these discussions will be consolidated and shared with us by the end of this year by SDC staff.