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 Since 1963, UNICEF works in Mongolia for the well-being of children through programmes of cooperation with the Government. In the current country programme (2012-2016) UNICEF is driven by an overall objective of ensuring better equity for all children in Mongolia, especially the most disadvantaged, and the creation of a policy environment for the promotion and protection of their rights.

  • From local pilot interventions to nationwide policies

UNICEF Mongolia implements cost-efficient and high-impact interventions at the local level and builds an evidence base to guide the replication and nationwide scalability of the successful practices by government partners throughout the country. This is evident in the work to reduce child mortality and increase the quality of the health sector, where UNICEF has partnered with the Ministry of Health to implement Early and Essential Newborn Care (EENC). In 2014, UNICEF contributed to reduce Under Five Mortality by 32 per cent in Khuvsgul and by 24 per cent in Nalaikh – compared to 2013 levels.

Capitalizing on the accelerated rate of IT penetration, UNICEF Mongolia partnered with mobile companies to develop mHealth technologies. Designed in 2013, the project reached momentum in 2014 disseminating text messages on antenatal and newborn care to pregnant women in the UNICEF Mongolia geographic focus areas. In tandem with mHealth, UNICEF Mongolia supported the development of subnational C4D strategies and community-based behavioural change projects to address preventable child mortality based on the findings of the UNICEF-supported Formative Research on Reducing Preventable Child Deaths from Pneumonia, Diarrhea and Newborn Care (major causes of under-five mortality in Mongolia), which included a Qualitative Survey and Lot Quality Assurance Sampling Survey (LQAS).

  • Improved access to water and sanitation as a foundation for child well-being

UNICEF supports the provision of Container-type sanitation units with toilets and showering facilities to support WASH in Schools and Kindergartens in remote areas of Mongolia. The design is innovative, as itlowers the cost of the generally very expensive rehabilitation of existing WASH facilities in old schools and kindergarten buildings. The WASH Container House is much lower cost and actually extends the life of the sometimes overcrowded schools and kindergartens as with additional facilities, these can continue to enroll more children. UNICEF helped improve national standards through the design and official adoption of Minimum Requirements on WASH in Schools, Dormitories and Kindergartens and the National Standard on On-site Sanitation Facilities. 

  • Increased investment in Early Childhood Education 

UNICEF is active to improve access and quality to Early Childhood Education given persisting low national rates and increased inequalities. In particular, UNICEF works to find alternative ways that adapt to the needs of nomadic and herder families through the establishment of mobile ger-kindergartens as well as support the adoption of national standards and legislation. Given Mongolia’s most dispersed population, UNICEF works to increase its outreach to most remote communities and involve local Government to ensure that early childhood education support is a priority in local planning and resource allocation.

  • Child Protection as an investment for a democratic and inclusive society.

UNICEF helped create the first nationwide child helpline and is now working to build capacity of child protection staff across the nation. This includes building capacity of the newly established child helpline operators in call-response and qualitative case management but also building on community-based child protection mechanisms for prevention and referral services for members of multi-disciplinary teams (MDT), as well as high-level technical assistance for the drafting of the country’s stand-alone child protection law to be in accordance with international standards. 

  • Social Policy and Corporate Social Responsibility 

As a Middle Income Country rich in natural resources, Mongolia has increased capacity to address its own development challenges. For this reason, UNICEF is active in influencing national social policies, systems and budgets by providing world-class technical assistance, facilitating international exchange of knowledge and policy best practices. In particular, UNICEF is active in supporting more transparent Public Finance for children, for better effectiveness and spending efficiency, as well as generate high impact data and research to better target social services. Given the rapid growth of Mongolia’s private sector, particularly related to the extractive sector, UNICEF Mongolia works to support companies’ Corporate Social Responsibility. In this regard, UNICEF launched the Child Rights in Business Principles in Mongolia and started a strategic partnership with Mongolia’s National Chamber of Commerce and Industry while starting a strategic and long term engagement with Mongolia’s national and international extractive industry to incorporate child rights within companies’ Social Performance.





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