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: A harsh reality for Mongolia's herders
I just listened to a piece on NPR (National Public Radio) about how the global financial crisis continues to plague one of the world's most remote places: Mongolia.
Mongolia: Work, Play and Learning in the Gobi Desert
Late last month, I took a train with my Mercy Corps Mongolia colleagues to Dornogovi for a semi-annual meeting. Dornogovi is an aimag — the Mongolian word for "tribe," which now refers to the country's provinces — in the Gobi Desert with a population of just 57,200 people.
Mongolia: Planting the Mercy Corps flag on Europe's highest peak
Mongolia: Supporting Projects in Mongolia
In Mongolia, Mercy Corps supports rural communities and herding families through economic, educational and agricultural programs.
Mongolia: Opening drawers
Tsetserleg, Mongolia — How does traditional Mongolian nomad furniture end up in children's rooms in Amsterdam, more than 4,000 miles away? A combination of craftsmanship and connections, with a little help from Mercy Corps.
Mongolia: Better School Lunches - No, Really
Bat-Ulzii, Mongolia - Throughout much of Mongolia, school meals are the only nutrition that students receive.
Mongolia: Shepherding Tradition
The title of "Master Herder" is reserved for a select few across Mongolia. It conjures up a distinct image: an aged but still eminently capable man dressed in traditional robes, standing on the vast steppes, exercising an almost mystical control over his livestock.
Mongolia: Miracle Growth
Bulgan soum, Mongolia - This is a story about how political transformation, tourism and tomatoes created an oasis in the southernmost reaches of Mongolia's Gobi Desert. It begins at the end of the country's 70-year-long communist era with a man named Poli.
Mongolia: Preserving Nomadic Life
Mongolia: Q&A with Mercy Corps' country director for Mongolia
Dominic Graham is Mercy Corps Country Director. Here he answers some questions about life and work in Mongolia, and how the Mongol Rally can help with our work there. What is the biggest difference between living in Britain and Mongolia?