Social Partnership

The Social Work Partnership Network (SWPN) was established in 2004 during the project “Vulnerable groups in Mongolia” which ran from 1999 to 2007.

The collaborative practice was developed by the participants from 15 different areas who were enrolled in the 2-years social work distant training program that was conducted within the scope of the project. The network was developed from the positive practice of exchange of views and experiences and cooperation in solving difficult social problems in the regions.

The network was registered as an independent NGO in 2004, and in 2007 it was renamed as the Social Partnership Network (SPN) to giving the opportunity for other groups to enter. Currently the SPN has 150 members.

The SPN conducts its activities within the scope of the Mongolian law on NGOs.  The SPN is composed of membership-based local organisations in 15 local areas.

Our vision
Every human being has a number of resources that can be used for building the future based on equality, responsibility, trust and wisdom.  

Our mission
The SPN is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation promoting interest in social development and promoting mobilisation and free, equal and meaningful participation and active involvement of citizens in decisions at community level.  The SPN promotes cooperation and exchange of experiences with international and national organisations and institutions.

Scope of activities

  • Discussions and workshops
  • Civic education
  • Education in micro credit and formation of groups and networks
  • Lectures and seminars about social development, social work, micro credit, formation of groups, organisational topics etc.
  • Publishing the magazine “Let’s talk”
  • Developing the Website
  • Publishing relevant books and booklets
  • Meetings
  • Implementing relevant projects
  • Conferences

Membership
Anybody who respects SPN’s vision, mission and goals can join the SPN at local level. The local board can reject requests for membership and can exclude existing members who work against the goals of the SPN or harm the interests of the SPN.

Any local networks or groups who are interested in becoming members of the SPN can obtain all the necessary information and advice by contacting the SPN.

The membership fee at local level is decided by the local assembly once a year, and the local board is elected once a year.

The membership fee at central level is stipulated by the general assembly once a year depending on the number of members at local organisational levels. The central board is also elected once a year.

The project “Strengthening of Social Partnership Network”
The SPN is still a very young organisation and therefore we are working on developing and strengthening the capacity and capability of the organisation.

The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs development organisation DANIDA has granted 4,9 million Danish kroner for implementing the project “Strengthening of Social Partnership Network” in Mongolia for the period March 2007 to March 2011. The Danish Mongolian Society will support the project with 150.000 Danish kroner.

Implementing organisations:

  • The Social Partnership Network (SPN) on the Mongolian side.
  • The Danish-Mongolian Society (DMS) on the Danish side.

Target areas:

Development objective:
Strengthening of civil society organisations that can contribute to solving poverty-related social problems.

Immediate objective:

  • To empower 6000 members, coming from 1200 socially disadvantaged families, through community-based self-help activities in the 3 Aimags and the 2 districts of Ulaanbaatar city.
  • To strengthen the ability of the SPN and its 5 branches to help disadvantaged families with children.

Target group:

  • Poor and socially disadvantaged families with children, predominantly households headed by single women and with many children.
  • Members of the 5 local organisations (or branches) of SPN in Dornogovi, Orkhon, and Dundgovi Aimags and in the Nalaikh and Khan-Uul districts of Ulaanbaatar.

Main activities:

Capacity building
To extend the social networks among the primary target groups; to provide information and knowledge on human rights; to establish the community-based organisation; and to build the capacity for the advocacy, financial management, monitoring and evaluation of the planned and organised activities.

To improve the capacity and capability of the SPN. The members of the SPN local branches are first and foremost the facilitators of empowerment and supporters of the  primary target groups.

To improve the capacity of the SPN secretariat (DaMoST) as the coordinating and managing body of the project.

Advocacy

  • Information dissemination and broad communication.
  • Running campaigns.
  • Cooperation with similar organisations.
  • Lobbying
  • Conferences
  • Advocacy at central and at local levels.

Service delivery
The service delivery will be directed towards the self-help groups and their members. It includes training, workshops, discussions, and the production of handouts and other written material. Large self-help groups consisting of 40 persons will be divided into small groups of 5-8 persons.

Based on compulsory savings and participation in training, small groups can apply for micro loans. Participants will be introduced to compulsory and voluntary savings throughout the whole period of the project.

Repayments will be made every week. 50% of the repayments will be used for
 
1) access to new loans, and
 
2) common interest areas such as maintenance and improvement of the residential environment and meeting the needs of children, and the remaining 50% will be used for
 
3) the organisational development of a Community Based Organisation (CBO) covering all the established large self-help groups and the SPN. The CBO will organise advocacy campaigns, workshops, discussions, meetings etc.

Large self–help groups

  • 2 large self-help groups (LSG), each consisting of 40 families, will be established in each area during the first, second and third years of the project.
  • Over the 3 years, therefore, 6 large groups, consisting of 240 families, will be established in each location, and in total over the 5 areas there will be 30 large groups comprising 1200 families.
  • Each large group will prepare detailed group regulations covering the election of chairman and treasurer, meeting time, participation, discipline, sanctions, monitoring, evaluation, and financial accounts. These will be based on discussions between all the group members.
  • Large groups will meet regularly to discuss the amount of savings accumulated, the repayments, and joint work responsibilities.
  • Unified meetings of all large groups will form a CBO.
  • Each large group will be divided into small self-help groups.

Small self-help groups

  • Small self-help groups (SSG) will develop detailed rules governing their activities and these rules will be approved by a meeting of all the members.
  • The group representative/leader will be elected each year.
  • The group representative will be responsible for the group’s accounting and will lead the weekly meetings, write minutes of the meetings, and attend external meetings on behalf of the group.
  • Information, meeting, accounting etc. will be transparent and accessible to every member.
  • Discussion of any issues will be done and planned collectively.
  • The SSG will have joint monthly meetings with other groups (large group meeting)

Main outcomes

  • 6000 members of 1200 disadvantaged families in 2 Ulaanbaatar districts and 3 Aimags will develop their capacities and will be able to extend their social network.
  • 6000 members of 1200 families are empowered.
  • Increase of income and improvement of life conditions of 1200 families.
  • Establishment of a CBO in 5 local areas.
  • Establishment of savings and loan cooperatives in local areas.
  • Strengthening of SPNs as civil society organisations that will contribute to the local policy making and development

Cooperating parties
- The Danish Mongolian Society, Copenhagen, Denmark
- The Danish Professional Supporting Team
- The Mongolian Danish Society, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
- Mongolian Association for Primary and Secondary School Development,
   Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
- Gender Centre for Sustainable Development, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
- Family Welfare Organisation, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
- Women’s organisations at local levels
- Organisations for older people at local levels
- Universities in Mongolia
- Khaan bank and Khas bank
- Mass Media
- Mongolian Governmental organisations
- Danish Federation of Social Educators (Northern Jutland)
- CIVICUS
- WFSW