The Asia Foundation

The Asia Foundation
Addressing the Critical Issues Facing Asia - 60 Years
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Mongolia

This year we mark 20 years in Mongolia. As one of the first NGOs to be invited to Mongolia, we supported the transition to a democracy and market economy, including drafting a new Constitution. Today, we work with the central and local government, academics, civil society, citizens, and the private sector on governance, environmental protection, urban services improvement, citizen participation, women's empowerment, anti-trafficking, and education. Read interviews with 20 prominent Mongolians, view a slideshow, and read a new volume on our work. Read country overview.

CRITICAL ISSUE: LACK OF TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY IN GOVERNMENT

A 2013 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. One joint effort with the Zorig Foundation included a Facebook video competition on the topic of conflict of interest. The three-week-long competition drew 60 submissions, 310,229 views, 10,629 likes, and 1,225 shares.

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