UNICEF has worked in Mongolia for over 50 years. Over this period, the country and its people have experienced dramatic transformations that have brought about different challenges – a transition from a centrally planned to a market economy with strong democratic values and institutions; from a low-income to a lower-middle-income country; from a recipient of development aid to a leader in the promotion of multi-lateral diplomacy and human rights.
In response to Mongolia’s increasing capacities, development and economic growth, UNICEF has gradually re-focused its work in the country to better accompany and support the Government in ensuring that every child reaches his or her full potential. In practice, these shifts entail a sharper focus on equity to reach the most disadvantaged children and a more explicit upstream approach to connect policy development with equitable service delivery for children at local level. They also imply a gradual transition from direct service delivery to provision of technical support for strengthening policies, legislations, norms and standards, connected with improving child outcomes at local level.