2004 MGL: An Assessment of the Family Empowerment Strategy of the Convergent Basic Social Services Programme of UNICEF Mongolia
Author: Baidya, B. G.
Background: Based on the lessons learned from the past cooperation, current MPO includes the Convergent Basic Social Services (CBSS) Programme, which seeks to strengthen the bottom-up planning. The main focus of the CBSS is on the promotion of community-based actions for the growth and development of children. Although the CBSS programme is sub-national in scope at present, it has been considered as a flagship programme of UNICEF Mongolia. As specified in the current MPO, piloting of the CBSS/FES was initiated in 2003 in five of Mongolia’s 21 aimags (provinces) and two districts of Ulaanbaatar, the capital city. Altogether, the CBSS programme covers a population of 59,511 (2003) in an area of 67,040 sq.km. This represents the CBSS/FES coverage of 2.47 percent of the total population and 4.46 percent of the total land area of Mongolia. Typical of Mongolia, the population density in all the CBSS pilot sites is very low and the population is widely scattered within the soums. Lack of roads and scattered population make access to services extremely difficult, especially in the harsh winter months of Mongolia.
16. Under current administrative requirements, the current staffing for the CBSS is inadequate to provide management support to the programme aimags and soums. UNICEF Mongolia should consider increasing staff strength for providing management as well as technical support for the CBSS/FES implementation.
Monitoring 17. Monitoring of the CBSS/FES implementation in the programme soums is inadequate and it is difficult to obtain a clear picture of service coverage and financial support situations in the programme areas. Coverage statistics and financial information in programme files need to be more systematic. A system should be developed and maintained.