IMPLEMENTING PARTNER: Zorig Foundation
YEARS: 2001 – 2002
GRANT AMOUNT: $15,000
The PTF grant helped fund a competition among the journalists and poster artists on anti-corruption themes. Entries included essays/articles, posters, TV programs, radio programs and TV advertisements. To prepare for the competition, meetings and seminars were organized with administrators and journalists from newspapers, radio and TV, as well as, artists of the Mongolian Artists Union, freelance writers and anyone else who wanted to participate in the contest to draft the contest rules and to provide the participants with other relevant information. There were 411 entries. The majority of participants were freelance writers, students, youth, and children. Entrees included 166 posters, 170 essays, 20 TV programs and advertisements, 55 Radio programs and advertisements. The judges — well-known people who oppose corruption and actively fight against it — took 15 days to assess the contestants. The awards ceremony was organized as an open event at the Exhibition Hall of the Mongolian Artists Union on April 10, 2002. It was widely publicized in the media. A total of 166 contest posters were exhibited. The winning TV programs and advertisements were shown to more than 500 viewers who visited the exhibition during their week’s exposure. The winning TV and Radio programs and advertisements were broadcast free of charge for a one-week period on Mongolian National Television, Channel 25 TV, Central Mongolian Radio and various FM radio stations. Programs and advertisements will be shown again on Channel 25 TV in July 2002. Mongolian radio also read out the best three essays. Award winning essays were published in the daily newspaper “Onoodor” Award winning essays and posters were published in the weekly newspaper “Mongol Times.” The best five posters were printed and 1600 copies given to NGOs andsent to the provinces. A large number of posters were given to the government to be used in its “good governance” program. The posters are now displayed in government ministries’ and agencies’ offices. The best essays and poster are have been placed on ZF’s web page. Special prizewinners’ work was highly professional and presented a new vision for Mongolians.