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.
- 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
Mongolia: In Mongolia, winter looms on the edge of the earth
One-third of all Mongolians are nomadic herders—one of the hardest lives on earth. Mercy Corps is working to help them survive the harsh conditions and build a stronger future.
Mongolia: New techniques protect herders’ traditional way of life
In southwest Mongolia, the mix of soaring snow-capped mountains and sweeping sand dunes makes for a stunning landscape — but a tough life for residents trying to raise livestock between two harsh environments.
Mongolia: Yak slippers point to the future of small business
Holding a child's slipper — deep chocolate brown with a strong leather sole — I marvel at the fine warmth of the yak felt and realize this is not just a shoe.
Mongolia: Songs of success
Tserennadmid is a woman with plenty to sing about. Her company, Zugraan Egshig, or Six Tunes, is a thriving tourism and produce business located in an especially scenic region of Mongolia's Arkhangai province.
Mongolia: Khureltogoo, carpenter in rural Mongolia
Since 2005, Khureltogoo has secured two loans totaling $16,000 thanks to guarantees provided by Mercy Corps. He used them to renovate a workshop, add a drying facility and purchase high-powered, modern equipment.
Mongolia: Changing the economic face of Mongolia
Ms. Tsegee has an infectious smile. I first met her in the Mercy Corps office I am visiting here in the Western Mongolian Province of Uvs. Ms.
Mongolia: Ed Roberts bikes ~300 miles for Mercy Corps/Baatar Hero!
Baatar Hero friend, colleague and Liverpool football fan Ed Roberts will be participating in TWO insane bike rides this summer for charity: The Tour de Blast and the STP. For both rides, he will be raising money for Mercy Corps, towards the Baatar Hero goal.
Mongolia: D-z-u-d spells "disaster" for Mongolian herders
Ever heard of a "dzud"? It's pronounced zuhd, and it's an extraordinarily harsh Mongolian winter -- the kind where temperatures plummet, animals freeze to death, and you can enter your house only through the roof because that's how high the snow is.
Mongolia: Mongol Ralliers and Mercy Corps interviewed on New Day Northwest!
On Wednesday I had the great privilege of representing my team, Baatar Hero — along with Christine from team Just A Steppe Away and
Mongolia: “Don’t give us aid, give us a chance!”
Congratulations to the Mercy Corps Mongolia team for winning the 2010 Disability inclusion Award given by InterAction!