Understanding the opportunities available from mining
March 11-April 2, 2019

Citizens want access to information and to have their feedback considered in decisions on extractive activities that affect them. This is what lecturers from Dornod University heard when they delivered mine-life-ycle training in Dornod, Sukhbaatar, Dundgobi and Tuv provinces.  

The ongoing training is a direct result of MERIT technical advisor Dr. Mike MacPherson’s work last October with Dornod University to adapt the training and build their capacity to deliver it. Public education on mining and petroleum is a top priority for the Mongolian government.

Launch of ISO 9001:2015 in Dundgobi
March 12, 2019

One of Governor Bat-Erdene’s top priorities for 2019 is having his office ISO 9001 certified. He dedicated funds from this year’s budget to work with MERIT to reach this goal.

Michel Greaves used his 35 years in quality management to introduce ISO 9001 to the Governor’s staff in January. His recommendations were followed-up by United Management Consulting, a Mongolian firm that will guide staff through the steps to certification.

Public servants from the districts were invited to the launch to learn about the quality management system and will benefit from the improved processes, procedures and service developed through the ISO 9001 experience. 

Team building and Communication Workshop
March 5-19, 2019

Representatives from governor’s offices in Tuv, Dungobi, Dornod, Sukhbaatar and the Ministry of Mines and Heavy Industry benefited from Ronald Cherlet’s 40 plus years of experience in human resources, including his current role in construction labour relations. Ron traveled the country to work with participants to improve organizational effectiveness through a teambuilding and communications approach.

Teambuilding and communications are key components in Mongolia’s new Civil Service Law implemented in January 2019.

Results-Based Monitoring and Evaluation
March 03 – March 23, 2019

Raymond Gervais travels the world leading monitoring and evaluation (M&E) teams. He is passionate about the opera and ballet, never missing an opportunity to take in a show when in Ulaanbaatar. In March, Raymond guided the M&E team at the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) on the institutionalization of results-based management. He helped the team develop their skills through workshops and mentoring.

Implementing Gender-Sensitive Monitoring and Evaluation 
March 20, 2019

MERIT technical advisors Raymond Gervais and Misha Goforth led a training session in Tuv on gender sensitive monitoring and evaluation, sharing local case studies on gender-sensitive planning and Monitoring and Evaluations to strengthen participant’s understanding of how using a gender lens can improve the effectiveness of M&E in their work. After the training participants, who were from central and local level partners, shared what they learned within their organizations, and one participant presented the learnings to over 400 public servants at the Dornod aimag’s civil service conference held on March 27, 2019.

Building Capacity for Local SME Owners


Eric Karlzen’s work with small and medium enterprises (SMEs) throughout several assignments was used to develop a training curriculum in collaboration with the Mongolian University of Science and Technology. SME owners from Dornod and Sukhbaatar participated in two courses delivered with Dornod University to help them develop business plans and access financing to participate in local supply chains. The SMEs, 70% of which are led by women, are eagerly awaiting the third course this October.

The MERIT Knowledge Portal is a web-based platform that serves as a central hub of information, data and reports on governance and natural resources in Mongolia. The aim of the portal is to provide public servants and citizens with best-practices, current research and innovative ideas which have been  adapted to the local context and accessible in Mongolian.

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