Impact evaluation

Resilient communities program

Final evaluation report

Published by
Mercy Corps

The Resilient Communities Program (RCP) aimed to strengthen resilience and bring stability and economic growth to Mongolians by stimulating livestock production, strengthening livestock related value-chains, increasing market information and access, and creating opportunities for economic diversification.

This report focuses on the impact of activities and the validation of high-level outcomes over three sections:

  • the livestock market system
  • the enabling environment
  • operational issues that affected results

Highlights from the evaluation include:

  • Resilience was increased across the livestock market system in the targeted locations. 
  • Production and income increased for herders and livestock sector actors. 
  • Herders improved their livestock management practices, including increased use of animal health and breeding services.
  • There is increased awareness of the need to preserve and manage rangelands. Herders are changing their practices and local governments have management plans in place.
  • Youth in RCP areas have an increased interest in working in the livestock sector.
  • Social cohesion appears to have increased between herders, supporting pasture management practices.
  • MCM responded to RCP Mid-Term Evaluation recommendations and dramatically improved their program approach and results.