Mongolia

The Asia Foundation was the very first nonprofit to be invited into Mongolia in 1990 when we helped draft Mongolia’s constitution, and we have played a unique role in the country’s development since then, supporting its transition to a democracy and market economy. Today, Mongolia is experiencing rapid political, economic, and social transformation. A major priority is to establish the conditions for sustainable and inclusive economic growth. As such, we help strengthen anti-corruption efforts; improve governance of cities and citizen engagement; increase gender equality; advance responsible resource use and environmental conservation; and support Mongolia’s multilateral foreign policy engagement.

 

Lack of Transparency and Accountability in Government

A survey we conducted in partnership with Sant Maral Foundation indicates significantly fewer Mongolians feel that corruption was increased, just 18 percent compared with 63 percent in 2006. At the same time, corruption remains a serious problem in Mongolia. For decades, The Asia Foundation has actively supported Mongolia’s transition to a democracy and market economy. The Independent Authority Against Corruption has been a Foundation partner since its inception in 2006 and has consistently been perceived to be the agency to lead anti-corruption efforts in Mongolia. In 2013, we helped them form the Partnership in Transparency Initiative, a network of 18 civil society organizations working together to spread the word about new legislation on conflict of interested and freedom of information.

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