Mark Koenig


Deliberative Polling and the Future of Mongolia’s Constitution

May 3, 2017


Bringing together a representative sample of an entire country in one room is not a simple task, especially in a place like Mongolia, where much of the population lives in small, often isolated communities, spread out over a vast terrain. For many citizens, a trip to the capital city, Ulaanbaatar, means a full day on a bus, often on unpaved and poo… Read more

Habitat III 

5 Takeaways from Quito and the New Urban Agenda

October 26, 2016


After a stimulating four days, the Habitat III conference held in Quito, Ecuador, ended last week with the adoption of a New Urban Agenda (NUA)—a set of global guidelines that lays out a vision for achieving sustainable urban development. The pavilion of the Habitat III conference in Quito. Photo/Mark Koening I was one of 10,000 international parti… Read more


Habitat III: Charting a New Urban Agenda

October 12, 2016


Next week, an estimated 40,000 people are expected to descend on Quito, Ecuador, for Habitat III, the third-ever United Nations conference on housing and sustainable urban development. Government delegations led by ministers and city mayors will engage with leading academics, civil society leaders, private sector actors, and urban planners to asses… Read more


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…