Thursday, March 15, 2012

Getting to Know Your International Contacts- Part 1

As of today, I still have not made any contact with my outside professional contacts.  Therefore, I am giving insights on the poverty in Mongolia. The CHIP programme emphasizes the importance of preventing poverty in the particularly vulnerable first years of life thereby reducing the chance of poverty persisting over an individual life course or through the generations (http://www.childhood

One of the countries that are related to the CHIP program is Mongolia. Mongolia was a strong country but transitioned into poverty because they became an open economy. This transition affected many of the Mongolian families.  There is an inequality of services provided to the rich and poor families of Mongolia.

The three insights that I gained from reading this article is:
1.       The Mongolians used to get accessible and high quality healthcare before the transition.  The quality of services is bad and those who can often turn to private health clinics for treatment, further increasing the gap between rich and poor.  In certain areas the quality of healthcare is very poor. They are also tackling the issue so that they can help defeat poverty.

2.     They have a very high increase of families beneath the poverty line. Many children who are poor live in female headed households. Poverty is higher in urban areas than rural areas.

3.     Many of the children have to find jobs which cause them to drop out of school. The children have a responsibility to bring money into the home. Poverty really has had an effect on the educational process of the Mongolian children. 

Mongolia has been increasing their knowledge on the poverty issue by comparing their social and economic growth to other areas around the world. They also are doing research on what is actually causing poverty in these areas.  The Mongolians are also reaching out to the policymakers to help reduce poverty.

Childhood Poverty Research and Policy Centre’s (


  1. Hi Tamieka,
    I have not heard from international contacts either. I chose to study about poverty in China. I have learnd quite a lot about poverty doing this assignments. I enjoyed reading your blog.

  2. Hi Tamieka,

    I am learning something new from your post. It seems that in a lot of different countries children have to drop out of school to find jobs to help support their families. I researched India and children under the age of 16 drop out of schools to work for a living; something really needs to be done to help get out of poverty and to make sure that all children stay in school to get a good education.

  3. Tamieka,
    Children helping parents to support the family is getting to be the norm. Even with the children working, the families are still considered at the poverty level. I know in Mississipi we have a program called CHIPS, I wonder if it is the same. The people of Mongolia seem to have been hit preety hard becoming an open economy.