The Asia Foundation was the first nonprofit invited into Mongolia in 1990, and we have played a unique role in the country’s development ever since, supporting the transition to democracy and a 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 anticorruption 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
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
Uncovering the Impact of
VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS
China passed a crucial Anti-Domestic Violence Law, but they need hard data to implement it. Our survey uncovers the real human, societal, and business costs.