Posts By Tirza Theunissen

Notes from the Field

Mongolia Strengthens Efforts to Prevent and Combat Trafficking in Persons

March 12, 2014

Mongolia is no stranger to the scourge of human trafficking that takes place within Asia and beyond. As a source, transit, and destination for victims of human trafficking, Mongolia remains a Tier 2 country on the U.S. Department of State’s…

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New Website Brings Public Services Closer to Mongolia’s Ger Residents

January 29, 2014

On Jan. 22, 2014, the City Municipality of Ulaanbaatar and The Asia Foundation launched the first-ever interactive website where Mongolian citizens and city officials can find up-to-date information on availability of public services in their neighborhoods.

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Marking 20 Years in Mongolia

October 9, 2013

This week in Ulaanbaatar, celebrations are in full swing to mark The Asia Foundation’s 20th anniversary in Mongolia. In 1993, we opened our resident office in the building that is fondly remembered as the “Log Cabin,” becoming one of the first international nongovernmental organizations…

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In Mongolia, an Incumbent Vies with First Woman Candidate and a Former Wrestler for Presidency

June 26, 2013

Mongolians headed to the polls on June 26 to cast their ballots in the country’s sixth presidential election. With the election results being announced the day after, anticipation is high…

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Mongolia’s Young Women Leaders Inspire Merali Scholars

June 19, 2013

On June 9, the Zorig Foundation held its annual Young Women Leaders Event, which brought together 115 young women recipients of the Shirin Pandju Merali scholarship program. The recipients had a chance to meet one another and to hear the experiences of three successful women who rose to the top in spite of barriers…

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7th Ministerial Conference of the Community of Democracies Showcases Mongolia’s Democratic Transition

May 1, 2013

Against the background of Mongolia’s famous blue sky, around 1,215 delegates from 104 countries gathered in Ulaanbaatar to participate in the 7th Ministerial Conference of the Community of Democracies (CD) from April 27- 29, 2013, organized under Mongolia’s Presidency of the CD, which started in July 2011.

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Mongolia to Host 7th Ministerial Conference of the Community of Democracies

April 24, 2013

As Mongolia makes final preparations to host the 7th Ministerial Conference of the Community of Democracies from April 27-29, 2013, an air of excitement and buzz is palpable here in the capital, Ulaanbaatar. Among the hundreds of high-level delegates from the government…

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Mongolia: Asia’s Economic Standout Feels Weight of Corruption

February 6, 2013

Mongolia’s economy is booming, with growth trajectories showing it will be one of the world’s fastest growing economies again this year. It is consistently advancing in global rankings on governance and investment climate.

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Ulaanbaatar’s Ger Residents May See Improvements Under New Leadership

January 16, 2013

Mongolia enters 2013 as one of the world’s fastest growing economies, with forecasters predicting GDP growth of 18-20 percent. Driven by a boom in mining revenues, the impact of this growth is clearly visible in Mongolia’s capital city, Ulaanbaatar…

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