The first class of 30 young Mongolian fellows has been competitively selected for the USAID-funded “Leaders Advancing Democracy” program (LEAD). The fellows had their first meeting at a Democratic Foundations Workshop, November 28-December 2, in Ulaanbaatar. They will visit the US in January for a three-week series of meetings, discussions and other events. In Washington, DC, and at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA, they will take part in study sessions, site visits, discussions with advocates and policy makers, and networking events, during which they will explore issues of poverty alleviation, environmental protection, and transparency and anti-corruption. For more information on the LEAD program, contact Valery.Nadjibe@worldlearning.org or visit http://www.worldlearning.org/what-we-do/leaders-advancing-democracy-mongolia-program/ For questions or information about their US visit, contact Scott Lansell, Vice President, Global Development & Exchange/ World Learning, Inc,. +1-202-464-6649 or Scott.Lansell@worldlearning.org.
The LEAD program is a two-year project that started in May 2016, initiated by US Ambassador Jennifer Galt and administered by the World Learning NGO in cooperation with NAMBC Member International Republican Institute (IRI). These 30 up-and-coming leaders were competitively selected this past fall. They work in government, civil society, media, academia, and the private sector. Their common denominator is a commitment to supporting Mongolia’s democratic future and creating positive change in their communities.