DURATION: 05/02/2016 - 09/30/2021
PARTNER: International Republican Institute, Centre for Citizenship Education
CONTACT[email protected]

Program Description

USAID's Leaders Advancing Democracy (LEAD) Mongolia Program was a five-year initiative helping to build the next generation of democracy champions across Mongolia.

Through the five years of this program funded by USAID, World Learning, together with its partners International Republican Institute (IRI) and Centre for Citizenship Education (CCE) undertook a variety of leadership programs, international exchanges, and civic education activities. 

The LEAD Mongolia Program consisted of three important and interconnected activities, designed to support promising young leaders to work collaboratively to solve the country’s most pressing issues. The program included a U.S.-Mongolia Emerging Leaders Exchange Program with 246 young leaders aged 25 to 40 from different sectors; an international LEAD Alliance, which connected Mongolian emerging leaders with like-minded peers in Bhutan, Kyrgyzstan and Myanmar, and positioned them as regional leaders; and a civic education curriculum development and citizen engagement component with high school students. 

World Learning partnered with USAID on this important initiative to support Mongolia’s best and brightest young democracy advocates to realize their vision for positive change in their country. Our participants, known as LEAD Fellows, worked together to create positive change in the areas of poverty and unemployment, environment and urbanization, and transparency and anti-corruption and were trained to be inclusion champions, equipped with best practices to incorporate inclusion in their projects and careers and advance their understanding of inclusive democracy and development.  By the conclusion of the LEAD Mongolia Program, these LEAD Fellows formed a robust and inclusive network of confident young Mongolian and international leaders with strong democratic values, working together to shape policy, bolster civic activism, and realize their vision for positive change in Mongolia and in the region.

Program Goals

LEAD Mongolia worked with Mongolia's best and brightest young leaders, providing them opportunities to breathe life into their vision of positive change. The three core program activities included:

  • An intensive Emerging Leaders Program, which brought together 246 emerging Mongolian change makers to build skills, network, and implement group projects to address issues of poverty and unemployment, transparency and anti-corruption, and environment and urbanization.
  • The LEAD Alliance connected Mongolian Emerging Leaders with counterparts in the region to position them as champions for regional democracy and mentors for 81 LEAD Alliance Fellows from Bhutan, Kyrgyzstan, and Myanmar.
  • Civic education curriculum development and citizen engagement initiatives with high school students, that included competitions for thousands of students across Mongolia to take action to solve real community problems.