Assistance for "Reducing Socio-Economic Vulnerabilities of Selected Peri-Urban and Informal Mining Communities in Mongolia" Project
April 21, 2006
- On 21 April (Fri), the Government of Japan and the United Nations (UN) decided to extend assistance totalling 988,235.89 US dollars (approximately 109.7 million yen), through the Trust Fund for Human Security to a project entitled "Reducing Socio-Economic Vulnerabilities of Selected Peri-Urban and Informal Mining Communities in Mongolia" that will be implemented by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
- Mongolia was hit by natural disasters in the period of 2000-2002, including summer droughts and snow damage, which killed millions of livestock and caused food shortage. As a result, a high influx of unregistered migrants was seen in peri-urban and informal mining areas in search of employment opportunities. These unregistered migrants were marginalized from basic social services including health and education. This project aims at assisting these unregistered migrants by creating conditions that will help improve the quality of their life through better access to basic social services:
- Increasing access to basic social services among unregistered migrants, poor households and informal mining communities through outreach activities such as sending mobile teams to provide information and services on reproductive health;
- Improving knowledge and awareness among women, men and adolescents in the targeted communities on how to improve their reproductive health and to promote gender equality including prevention of domestic violence by conducting regional training of trainers;
- Improving capacity of decision makers and planners in integrating population factors in development process;
- Improving institutional capacity building of local organizations in planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of initiatives for the unregistered migrant communities.
- This project is expected to improve the livelihoods and dignities of the unregistered migrants in Mongolia.
The Trust Fund for Human Security was established in the United Nations Secretariat in March 1999 at the initiative of the Government of Japan. Since then, total contributions have reached approximately 31.5 billion yen (US$ 279.7 million). The Trust Fund has supported projects from more than 150 UN agencies, each one addressing various threats to human life, livelihood and dignity, from the perspective of human security.
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