ULAANBAATAR, MONGOLIA (19 November 2021) — Asian Development Bank (ADB) Mongolia Resident Mission organized an academic research conference on “Socio-Economic Development, Infrastructure Development and Green Development” as part of the main high-level event for the 30th anniversary of Mongolia–ADB partnership. The winners of the research paper award, announced by the resident mission in July, presented their insights and studies on the economy, medical, social, and environmental science.

“High-quality research is critical for the successful design and implementation of development projects and informed decision-making in country’s socio-economic progress,” said ADB Country Director for Mongolia Pavit Ramachandran. “Through the academic research conference, we wanted to promote high-quality research, encourage research inputs for future ADB operations, and enable a forward-looking discussion on the priority areas of ADB’s newly launched country partnership strategy, 2021–2024 for Mongolia.”

More than 90 researchers and sector experts submitted their individual and joint research papers covering a variety of topics, including the impact of child welfare program on poverty, water sanitation and hygiene development in rural areas, green finance, digital divide between students during coronavirus disease (COVID-19) lockdowns to the competition. A total of 34 papers were evaluated by a panel of judges on their significance on policy or ADB operations, quality of argument, originality, data analysis, and research question and design.

A team of researchers from the National University of Mongolia, Mongolian Academy of Sciences, and the University of Science and Technology received the grand prize for their paper on “Late Holocene Peatland Evolution in Terelj and Tuul Rivers Drainage Basins in the Khentii Mountain Range of Northeastern Mongolia.”

The Chief Economist of the Bank of Mongolia Gan-Ochir Doojav received the second place for his paper on socio-economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and macroeconomic impacts and policy issues in Mongolia.

A team of researchers from Mongolian National University of Medical Sciences, Mongolian National Defence University, National University of Mongolia, and “Gyote” secondary school took third place for a paper on “Sexual and Reproductive Health Knowledge of Mongolian Adolescents during the COVID-19 Pandemic Lockdown: A Cross Sectional Study of Male Students.” Researchers from the University of Science and Technology received special recognition award for their paper on “Estimating an impact of mega projects.”

To mark its 3-decade partnership with Mongolia, ADB has been organizing year-round activities to engage all its key stakeholders, including the government, civil society, private sector, academia, youth, and media, in a forward-looking discussion on the country’s development opportunities. The series included provincial-level regional conferences, nationwide competitions, and a high-level innovative event. 

ADB is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. Established in 1966, it is owned by 68 members—49 from the region.

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