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  • Cooperation Strategy Mongolia 2013–2016
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  • Factsheet Public Investment in Energy Efficiency
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  • Factsheet Mongolian Potato Project – Exit Phase
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  • Factsheet Sustainable Artisanal Mining Project
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  • Factsheet Governance and Decentralisation Programme
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Ten years of Swiss cooperation with Mongolia
Artisanal miners © SDC

Ten years ago the SDC opened a cooperation office in Mongolia. The office's current deputy director, Diepak Elmer, talks about the SDC's work in the country. Two other articles present SDC projects linked to water and mining.

Speech of Martin Dahinden
Interview with Diepak Elmer
Water, a major challenge in Mongolia
Responsible and sustainable artisanal mining


Website of the Cooperation Office (SDC) Mongolia: www.swiss-cooperation.admin.ch/mongolia/

MONGOLIA.GIFThe SDC is supporting Mongolia in the implementation of a national reform programme based on decentralisation, encouraging citizens to participate in the political process. Switzerland is also helping to introduce sustainable livestock and other farming activities in the context of efforts to improve economic conditions in rural areas.

Mongolia finds itself at a critical juncture of the development process. Following a relatively peaceful period of democratisation and transformation from a socialist system to a market economy, it is in the midst of a mining boom. The country’s future will depend on its ability to translate this new source of wealth into sustainable and socially equitable economic growth. Having accepted this challenge, Mongolia has launched an important reform programme.

Swiss International Cooperation 2011
mill. CHF
mill. CHF
mill. CHF
Bilateral development cooperation 13.33 14.13 18.17
Humanitarian aid
State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO)
Economic Cooperation and Development
Total SDC/SECO 13.33 14.13 18.17
Other Federal Offices
FDFA Human Security Division and Directorate of International Law 0.05 0.21
State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) 0.10 0.09 0.08
Federal veterinary office (FVO) 0.02
Total other Federal Offices 0.15 0.09 0.31
Cantons and municipalities 0.05 0.07 ..
Total 13.53 14.29 18.48
SDC figures excluding program contributions to Swiss NGOs
.. = figures not available | – = nil or amount < 5'000 CHF

Agriculture and food security
Improved incomes and living conditions for the rural population
Through a wide range of projects designed to increase productivity in livestock and other farming activities, improve access to markets and reduce production risks, the SDC is helping to improve living conditions for the rural population. Together with the World Bank, the SDC has financed projects for the cultivation of potatoes and the insurance of livestock. Thanks to this insurance the families of 16,000 livestock farmers are effectively protected against the total loss of their sustenance.

The SDC focuses above all on strengthening collective forms of organisation, such as pastoral cooperatives and entrepreneurship. Since 2004 the Agency has helped herders to organise the sustainable management of pastureland. As a result more than 60,000 herder families have been organised into 680 pastureland groups and 50 cooperatives, enabling them to increase their income.

Vocational training
Facilitated access to the labour market
The SDC is helping Mongolia reform the vocational training sector, and is replanning curricula in the western provinces. Greater involvement of the private sector should ensure a more practical approach to vocational training. The SDC is also promoting the training of middle-aged herders of both sexes who have lacked access to the regular vocational training system.

Reform of the State, local governance and participation of the citizens
Satisfied citizens thanks to good governance and participation
The SDC is also supporting projects initiated by the government for the implementation of reform through decentralisation. Members of the executive and legislative branches are being introduced to their new roles in all provinces and municipalities, while at the same time civil society organisations and citizens in general are being encouraged to participate in political processes at the community level.

History of cooperation
From “dzud” disaster relief to reform through decentralisation
The Swiss commitment in Mongolia began in 2001 with a humanitarian relief effort for herders affected by winter conditions (“dzud”) severe enough to kill off the livestock and threaten the existence of the rural population. In 2004 the SDC decided on a long term commitment so as to address the structural problem of pastureland management, and for this purpose opened a Cooperation Office in Ulan Bator (Ulaanbaatar).

Initially (2007–12) the cooperation strategy focused on the sustainable management of natural resources and the creation of alternative sources of income for rural populations. It was during this period that a mining boom occurred, making more urgent the need for solid economic and political institutions to ensure transparent management of the commodities sector.

Background information Mongolia
Facts and figures
Surface area
Annual population growth rate (since 1990)
Life expectancy at birth women / men
Adult illiteracy rate: women / men
Gross Domestic Product GDP per capita
Percentage of population with less than 2 USD per day
72.5 / 64.6
2.1 / 3.1

Source: World Bank's World Development Indicators 2013

Background information provided by the BBC

Local SDC contact address:

Mongolia (Ulaanbaatar)

Cooperation Office of the Embassy of Switzerland - Consular Section Ulaanbaatar
“Tengeriin Tsag” Centre
Olympic street 12, Khoroo 1
Sukhbaatar District, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Po/Box 37, Ulaanbaatar 210648, Mongolia

Phone +976 11 331422
Fax +976 11 331420
Email ulaanbaatar@sdc.net
Website www.swiss-cooperation.admin.ch/mongolia/

Additional Information and Documents

Here, you will find more publications, links, documents and articles about Swiss development cooperation and humanitarian aid in this country.