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.
Increasing Citizens’ Engagement
To increase democratic participation in Ulaanbaatar, we worked with Stanford University to support a first-ever “deliberative polling” exercise. More than 300 citizens convened in the capital city to prioritize, in real time, development projects in the city’s master plan. Deliberative polling has provided a critical platform for citizens to make meaningful contributions to their government’s decision making and has crossed party lines, an incredible achievement in the Mongolian political environment. The Mongolian government has now adopted deliberative polling as an important element of seeking input from the public, and the Foundation continues this cooperation with the government.
NEWS FROM MONGOLIA
Asia Foundation’s Ulaanbaatar Conference Examines Women and Girls’ Empowerment and South-South Cooperation
September 21, 2017
Mongolia’s Local Leaders Essential to Urban Service Delivery
September 6, 2017
Women’s Business Incubator
Women entrepreneurs are challenged here to develop networks and grow their businesses. To address these constraints, we launched a business center and incubator specifically for women. The center fosters women’s entrepreneurship and supports their small and medium businesses by providing networking and mentoring, computers, high-speed internet, and meeting and co-working space.
HIGHLIGHTS ACROSS ASIA
Forced Labor and Child Trafficking in India’s Garment Sector
September 20, 2017
Asia Foundation Development Fellows 2017 in San Francisco
September 18, 2017
Library of Congress Honors Asia Foundation for Promoting Literacy
September 14, 2017
Labor Migration’s Impact Economically, Socially and Politically in Nepal
September 7, 2017