The Asia Foundation in Mongolia: Improving Lives, Expanding Opportunities for Twenty Years (1993-2013)

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, October 7, 2013 — This year marks the 20th anniversary of The Asia Foundation in Mongolia. To celebrate, the Foundation will hold a series of events from October 7-11, 2013 to highlight its significant milestones and current programs in the country. Asia Foundation Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Suzanne E. Siskel will attend. Anniversary events include a roundtable discussion on the development of the women’s movement in Mongolia organized with the National Committee on Gender Equality; the first annual national seminar on fostering civic engagement at the subnational level co-hosted with the Office of the President of Mongolia; a plenary discussion on green development and smart consumption; a photography competition exhibition on “What does good governance and transparency look like?”; and a presentation on community mapping involving ger area residents.

The Asia Foundation was privileged to be one of the first international NGOs invited to Mongolia in 1990 and opened is first office in Ulaanbaatar on October 1, 1993. As Mongolia embarked on its historic double transition to democracy and a market-oriented economy, the Foundation provided early support at critical junctures in Mongolia’s recent history.

The Asia Foundation has taken a long-term and comprehensive approach to supporting Mongolia in its development – advising on the drafting of the Constitution in the early 1990s, the Election Law, NGO Law, Law on the Freedom of Media, amongst others; organizing study visits and exchange programs to provide exposure to new ideas and approaches in the U.S. and Asia; and offering technical and financial assistance for the pioneers of Mongolian civil society, in particular, women’s NGOs.

“As a partner to Mongolia, The Asia Foundation is proud of our contributions and to have worked on the most pressing issues facing the country,” said Mongolia Country Representative for The Asia Foundation Meloney C. Lindberg. Over the years, The Asia Foundation has deepened its relationships with government institutions and non-government organizations. The Foundation has supported Mongolia to improve governing institutions at the national and local levels and to establish conditions for sustainable and inclusive economic growth.

Read more about the 20th anniversary in brand-new Foundation publications, “Improving Lives, Creating Opportunities for 20 Years in Mongolia” (also available in Mongolian) and “Perspectives of 20 Mongolian Leaders” (also available in Mongolian).

Currently, The Asia Foundation’s main programs focus on strengthening good governance and promote transparency, improving urban service delivery, fostering civic engagement at subnational level, promoting environmental rehabilitation of artisanal mining, implementation of national anti-trafficking mechanisms, and promoting access to information. A key area where the Foundation made an impact has been its support for the rule of law through the provision direct technical advice on the drafting of the 1992 Constitution, the NGO Law, the Law on Free Media and the Domestic Violence Law and, more recently, its advocacy support for the adoption of the Law on Combatting Trafficking in Persons and the Law on Preventing Conflict of Interest in the Public Service.

Lindberg added: “The Asia Foundation is thankful of the support and cooperation of the various partners from government, civil society, academia, and the private sector that it has worked with over the last decades. We are also grateful to the many donors in the U.S., Europe, and Asia that have supported the Foundation’s programs in Mongolia.” In the years ahead, the Foundation remains committed to its work to improve lives, expand opportunities, and help societies flourish within a dynamic and developing Mongolia and across the region.

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