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Mongolia Mid-Term Report 2016-2018

Mongolia’s second action plan addressed a number of open government priorities in the country, such as transparency of media ownership and political finance, disclosure of beneficial ownership and contracts in the extractives sector, and improving the Glass Account system. However, the Cabinet Secretariat did not provide the IRM with evidence for implementation of the commitments despite repeated requests.

Highlights

Commitment Overview Well-Designed? *
✪2. Improve quality of and access to education and health services Implement and support initiatives on social accountability and constructive engagement between citizens and service providers.

Yes

5. Create favorable media environment Amend the Law on Media Freedom and the Law on Broadcasting while holding stakeholder public consultations.

Yes

12. Beneficial ownership transparency Disclose beneficial ownership in the extractives sector to comply with the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) Standard.

Yes

* Commitment is evaluated by the IRM as specific, relevant, and has a transformative potential impact
✪ Commitment is evaluated by the IRM as being specific, relevant, potentially transformative, and substantially or fully implemented

Process

Civil society played a leading role during the development of the action plan, and a wide range of civil society groups were involved in the consultations. While the Cabinet Secretariat established a new working group to serve as a multistakeholder forum during implementation, it was mostly inactive in the first year.

Did Not act contrary to OGP process

A country is considered to have acted contrary to process if one or more of the following occurs:

  • The National Action Plan was developed with neither online or offline engagements with citizens and civil society
  • The government fails to engage with the IRM researchers in charge of the country’s Year 1 and Year 2 reports
  • The IRM report establishes that there was no progress made on implementing any of the commitments in the country’s action plan

Performance

Most commitments in Mongolia’s second action plan saw low levels of implementation, or were not started during the first year. The Cabinet Secretariat did not provide the IRM with a self-assessment report or evidence of implementation after several requests.

IRM Recommendations

  1. Provide more information on open government activities.
  2. Reinvigorate the working group to monitor implementation.
  3. Include new government actors in the OGP process.
  4. Specifying intended outcomes for commitments.
  5. Greater emphasis on civic engagement and public accountability in the extractives sector.

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