The National Forum on Good Governance was successfully organized in Ulaanbaatar on 29 October. Total of 150 participants from 15 aimags and UB representing local and national government, CSOs, media and international donors took part in this event.
In the morning the representatives from SDC, USAID, IAAC, UNDP, GIZ, the Asia Foundation and Mercy Corps shared their view on current challenges and future aspects of Good Governance in Mongolia. Mr. Jargalsaikhan, a popular TV journalist, worked as a moderator of this conference in the first half of the event.
In the afternoon the participants were divided into four groups and each group discussed successes, challenges and lessons learned and shared their ideas and recommendations on how to strengthen good governance in one of four areas: 1) Local Public Engagement 2) Transparency of Public Institutions 3) CSO and Government Partnership 4) Transparent Local Procurement. Mercy Corps staff helped to facilitate each discussion and collected ideas and recommendations coming from the participants. The recommendations will be reflected in the Open Governance Partnership Action Plan of Mongolia.
One of the participants of the National Forum is Ms. Dulamjav, coordinator of Urnukh Hugjil NGO from Zavkhan aimag. In 2010-2011 Dulamjav worked with Mercy Corps’s MORE project to improve transparency of the School Tea Break program. "This year my NGO took a subgrant from APPEAL project to strengthen Citizens Chamber activities and improve citizens engagement. We managed to strengthen capacity of 25 volunteers for the Citizens Chamber in Zavhan aimag. I am very happy to participate in the Forum. I wish success and all the best to Mercy Corps Mongolia" says Dulamjav.
Mercy Corps, a non-profit organization, was awarded 2,800 metric tons of Long Grain Parboiled Rice by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The rice will be sold and the revenues generated will be used to fund projects in Mongolia that increase agricultural productivity and expand trade of agricultural products.
At Mercy Corps, when we talk about gender, we don’t just mean women and girls – men and boys are the other half of the equation. This month Mercy Corps HQ is launching a photo campaign to celebrate the men and boys who promote positive social change with their family and friends, at work, and in their communities.
Do you know a man or boy who has encouraged young men to have a voice in community activities, supported a girl’s access to education, or promoted women’s empowerment? Send us their picture!
Send your photos of men and boys acting as positive role models; making positive contributions to their communities, the environment, or their families; or challenging gender norms and inequality. Your photo and caption will be featured in a slide show on the Hub on International Men’s Day on 19 November, 2014.
This is a great opportunity to highlight the critical role men and boys play in their households and communities!
Under USAID funded FIELD 1 and FIELD 2 projects, Mercy Corps helped to approve Accessibility Standards and improved capacity of national DPOs. Also, these two projects offered trainings on Accessibility Standards for government organizations and private sector and purchased assessment tools for the Mongolian National Association for Wheelchair Users to measure walkways and buildings.
Although FIELD 2 project ended more than a year ago, our partner DPOs are still using assessment tools to evaluate walkways and buildings. On 23 October, 2014, the National Human Rights Commission invited two national DPOs, the Mongolian National Association for Wheelchair Users and Tugeemel Hugjil, to conduct a Walkway and Construction Accessibility Assessment of 28 government buildings.
The assessment revealed that most buildings have ramps that do not meet accessibility standards. Some buildings had no ramps at all. The partners are working on the assessment report. All relevant government organizations, DPOs and the organizers of this assessment will discuss findings of this assessment on 15 November and issue recommendations for all government organizations to follow.