WASHINGTON, D.C., June 6, 2014—Today the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved a total of US$93.7 million in credits from the International Development Agency (IDA) to the Government of Mongolia to support four projects:
· Education Quality Reform Project (US$30 million)
· Third Sustainable Livelihoods Project (US$24.8 million)
· E-Health Project (US$19.5 million)
· SMART Government Project (US $19.4 million)
These projects will be implemented after they are approved by Mongolia’s Parliament.
The Education Quality Reform Project aims to improve the quality of education for primary school children in Mongolia. The project will create a results focus within the education system and strengthen the country’s capacity to provide classroom-level support for teaching and learning in every primary school in the country. The project will extend access to high quality learning materials, establish a national assessment system, improve teacher professional development, and implement a school grants program.
The Third Sustainable Livelihoods Project aims to benefit the rural citizens throughout Mongolia with improved local governance through the implementation of Local Development Funds and to support the further development of the Government’s Soum Program for local economic development. This will be the third phase of the Sustainable Livelihoods Program, which began in 2002 and has demonstrated and scaled up new approaches to livelihood support focusing on community development funds, pastoral risk management and microfinance outreach. The project will support capacity building for local government and communities and provide performance-based financing for good governance. The project will be co-financed with a US$11.4 million grant from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.
The E-Health Project will take advantage of Mongolia’s vast broadband infrastructure to ensure faster access to more integrated health information systems across the country to process referrals faster, avoid duplication of tests and procedures, and provide follow-up care, as the information can be shared among hospitals and healthcare providers, even in remote areas.
The SMART Government Project aims to use Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to improve accessibility, transparency and efficiency of public services in Mongolia. The Project will support the Government in achieving its vision and leveraging the ICT sector as a key driver of growth, competitiveness, and improved governance. The project seeks to advance Mongolia’s commitment to an accountable, transparent and responsive government, leveraging open data and ICT innovations.