Mercy Corps

Mongolia’s overreliance on the mining sector, and underinvestment in the country’s aging herding system have made its citizens vulnerable to commodity price shocks, and rising unemployment and underemployment rates. With a rapid rise in livestock to maintain rural social safety nets, and increasing rangeland degradation, Mongolia's herding system is in a negatively reinforcing downward spiral. Increasingly unfavorable conditions in rural areas have driven unsustainable rates of urban migration to the capital city Ulaanbaatar where few viable alternatives and poor service delivery contribute to pollution, health problems, as well as high rates of alcoholism and gender-based violence.
In support of an overall goal to improve economic and social quality of life for Mongolia’s urban and rural populations, the Strategic Resilience Assessment process helped identify critical resilience capacities that can holistically support resilience in Mongolia over the long-term. These resilience capacities are embedded in a wider development theory of change that tackles systemic change in Mongolia for improved social and economic well-being. 

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