Adapted to survive and thrive in a vast, arid terrain with extreme winters, Mongolian livelihoods are historically built on pastoralism. As semi-nomadic herders, pastoralists efficiently manage vast tracts of pastureland to support livestock rearing in response to unpredictable weather and resource conditions. In Mongolia, herding has traditionally been a source of financial security, social cohesion, protection and identity.
Economic growth over the past 8 years created employment opportunities and reduced national rates of poverty. However, global demand and prices for both minerals and livestock products have declined and both pastoralists and urban familiesare struggling to make ends meet. In the 2009/2010 winter, nearly half of the national livestock herd was decimated. A subsequent spike in urban migration further strained the urban economy and eroded wages. The rural and urban poor and the growing middle class are increasingly exposed to risks that they cannot manage.
Based on the existing context and 15 years of lessons-learned, Mercy Corps is developing the Mongolia Resilient Communities' Program to foster and protect development gains and support Mongolia to shape its future opportunities. We believe that strengthening the capacity of target population to cope and adapt in the face of shocks and stresses and facilitating long-term systemic changethat both supports traditional herding but creates opportunities for more intensive, market-oriented production that is sustainable in the face of environmental and climate challenges will eventually result in improved livelihoods in target area.
Building an inclusive, productive and resilient economic future for Mongolia's vulnerable rural and urban populations.
The program will build resilience through three pathways:
Local community in 8 target aimags
8 aimags: Arhangai, Bulgan, Hentii, Huvsgul, Selenge, Suhbaatar, Uvs, Uvurhangai, Zavhan
2016 - 2019