• Photo: Thatcher Cook for Mercy Corps

The context

Mongolia gains international attention for its dynamic economic growth and the mineral riches found beneath its surface. But the statistics — 17 percent GDP growth; $6 billion of gold and copper annually from one mine alone — bear false witness to the realities of urban and rural citizens. Mining has overwhelmingly benefited the elite, civic education has lagged, and environmental challenges lay at every turn of the country's development path.

Our work

  • Conflict & Governance: Strengthening anti-corruption efforts and improving administrative reform at the local level
  • Agriculture & Food: Improving the regulation and productivity of dairy and meat businesses
  • Economic opportunity: Increasing the income of herders and rural entrepreneurs by connecting them with new techniques and markets