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January 05, 2017
Precedent is highly important in legal systems, but what about precedent in new democracies? How can new democracies establish democratic norms and processes when there’s little precedent for it? For Mongolia’s thriving civil society, embarking on campaign finance oversight marks an... Read More
November 16, 2016
It’s not often that people get excited about government budgets, especially citizens. Often it requires someone with a background in finance and accounting or an extremely engaged citizen to get into the nitty-grittiness of budget allocations and keep track of multiple planning and approval... Read More
October 04, 2016
It’s not everyday that we get to share the personal stories of people who want to run for office and serve their country. Much of our work focuses on supporting aspiring candidates through workshops or helping elected officials engage citizens but storytelling sometimes gets lost in the day-to-day... Read More
June 30, 2016
Voters expect results, and when they don’t get what they want, their anger can extinguish the hopes of political parties. The anti-establishment mood that has appeared in other countries lately is certainly present in Mongolia as well. Poor economic performance, rising inequality as a result of... Read More
May 12, 2016
There is no better way to evaluate the performance of a democracy than by asking the people themselves what they think.  Regardless of any qualitative or quantitative metric – whether GDP per capita, legislature productiveness or prevalence of social protections – what matters most is how... Read More
March 30, 2016
On February 28, 2016, after traveling for over 20 hours, I finally landed in Washington, DC from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia as part of a three-day International Republican Institute’s (IRI) Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) Scholars Conference with my counterparts in IRI’s field offices around the... Read More
December 10, 2015
For most Mongolians like me, December 10 is not only international human rights day but also a historic, nostalgic day that makes us recall those bittersweet memories of late 80s and early 90s. On December 10, 1989, 26 years ago, the citizens of Mongolia announced the beginning of the democratic... Read More
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Burt-Ujin Bayarsaikhan

Program Manager, Mongolia
December 08, 2015
Combatting corruption – as I’ve written before – cannot occur solely by talking about the issue.  The behavior changes that are required – officials acting with more integrity and... Read More
October 01, 2015
October 2 will mark exactly 17 years since the dark day when the leader of Mongolia’s democracy movement, Sanjaasuren Zorig, was brutally killed at his home on October 2, 1998.  He was then 36 years old, three times elected Member of Parliament and Minister of Infrastructure. Zorig’s... Read More
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Sanjaasuren Bayaraa

Director and Advisor of IRI’s Mongolia office (1998-2003) and Mongolia’s Ambassador to India (2012-2015)
September 14, 2015
A critical component of an equitable, inclusive democracy is citizen trust in the governance system. The virtuous feedback loop that allows for citizens’ input into governing and provides for timely responses from government instill faith in democracy and encourage participation in the political... Read More
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Ashleigh Whelan

Program Director, Iraq