Decent Poor Report (CHRD, MONGOLIA) 2014


Project name: Decent poor

Budget from SELAVIP: $5,000

Total budget: $8,511 or 12,730,000 tug

Implemented in:

· 1. Arvaikheer soum, Uvurkhangai province

· 2. Choibalsan soum, Dornod province

· 3. Undurkhaan soum, Khentii province

· 4. Naran, soum, Sukhbaatar province.

· 5. Ongon soum, Sukhbaatar province

· 6. Khan-Uul district, Ulaanbaatar city

· 7. Songinokhairkhan district, Ulaanbaatar city

Total number of families who will participate: 10 families, 48 people including children, disabled, elderly etc.

Total number of people who will be directly benefit: 48 people

Estimated cost per housing unit (if applicable): 500 USD

+ New constrution: 4

+ Repair: 6

Project timeline: 25 May-15 August, 2014      Starting time: 25 May, 2014       Finish time: 15 August





Organization in charge




Center for Human Rights & Development (CHRD)

Person’s in charge 1.U.Mandkhaitsetsen (Program Coordinator of Community Based Development program)

2.Sh.Tserendolgor (Chair of  Community Saving Groups Federation (CSGF) in Uvurkhnagai province)

3.Ts. Oyunchimeg (Chair of CSGF in Ulaanbaatar city)

4.S. Bayarmagnai (Chair of CSGF in  Dornod province).

5.D.Uranchimeg (Chair of CSGF in Khentii province)

6.B.Gerelsaikhan (Community leader in Songinokhairkhan district, UB city)

7. B. Ts.Shinetsetseg (Chair of CSGF in Naran soum)

8. G. Tuya (Community leader in Ongonsoum)

Collaborating entities Asian Coalition for Housing Right (ACHR), CHRD, Community Saving Groups Federation (CSGF) in Arvaikheersoum, Uvurkhangai province, CSGF in Choibalsansoum, Dornod province, CSGF in Undurkhaan soum, Khentii province, CSGF in Naran, Ongon soums, Sukhbaatar province. Also  CSGF in Khan-Uul and Songinokhairkhaan districts, Ulaanbaatar, communities and voluntary architects
Funds received from SELAVIP $5,000
Cost of housing unit $500  or in 720,000 tug /Mongolian currency/
Other fund applied Community Development Fund (CDF) –700,000 tug or  $450

Community Saving Groups – 1,200,000 tug or $770

Relatives – 280,000 tug or $180

Total budget 12,730,000 tug or $8,511


The selection process:

In community process:

1. Each savings group identified the poorest families within their communities and chose the 10 poorest families to benefit from this program.

2. Every Community Saving Groups Committee (CSGC) held a meeting to identify the poorest household in the area. Community leaders visited each nominated household and brought additional information (that had been collected) to the committee meeting. Community leaders informed the meeting of the current condition of each nominee. The criteria of selection was that the recipient had to be homeless or have poor living conditions, no income, a number of dependent children,  a person or people with  a disability or  a pension, who can be non member SGs/.

3. City processes: CSGC discussed with the Department of Labour and Welfare of local governments at each sites (Ulaanbaatar, Uvurkhangai, Khentii, Sukhbaatar and Dornod). These local government offices agreed to collaborate and to support community members by providing information and employment opportunities.

4. National processes: CSGC had a meeting with the Office of President of Mongolia. As a result of this meeting the office signed a Memorandum to partner with the CSGC and recommended the local governments to support the community savings groups. The Office of President recognized the empowerment that CSGC provides, and that such community driven activities lead them to be responsible for their own livelihood.



1. That low income households be connected with socio-economic development in their own community and make their contribution by actively collaborating with each other and mobilizing their own resources. Currently, due to our community development approach, community spirit and community building concepts are being renewed and practiced in Mongolia.

2. City wide process – survey, mapping, upgrading and networking are very important. Establishing partnership with the government, and strengthening the relationship among community members.

3. Each saving groups in the respective areas will pool savings into their Community Development Fund, and community members’ will receive a loan from the CDF, rather than the individual saving groups. Each CSGC will partner with local government.



This project addressed housing issues for the poorest members in each community. In this project 10 families comprised of 58 people including children (5 widows, 3 people with disability, 2 children with disability) built either a new traditional dwelling (ger) or repaired their houses. As a result of this project:

1. Saving activities expanded

2. Network expanded,

3. Internal financial support increased

4. Poor households can get loan from the Community Development Fund in their areas.

Finally, community members who got funding from SELAVIP became direct beneficiaries and improved their housing conditions.



5. Our community became very active and being responsible working collectively and solving common issues together. Every member of saving groups participated in the process of making improvements not only to their own housing but others.


6. Local government has started to contributed financially to these projects.  Mayors and government officials are involved and started supporting both the SGs and the CDF. For instance, the local government of Uvurkhangai province contributed 31,000,000 tug or $26, 000 to projects in their community