Silver linings of COVID-19 for split families in Mongolia
1 September 2020
Mokoro is delighted to publish a fifth blog in the ‘WOLTS Team Perspectives’ series, titled ‘How COVID-19 is bringing Mongolia’s herding families back together’. The new blog is written by our WOLTS Mongolia field team member, B. Munkhtuvshin, and it is co-published with the Land Portal. B. Munkhtuvshin works with the Mongolian NGO, People Centered Conservation, which has partnered with Mokoro on the WOLTS project since 2016. WOLTS Team Perspectives is a blog series that presents the views of different members of the global WOLTS team about the impacts of the project’s action-research on gender, land and mining among pastoralist communities in Tanzania and Mongolia. This latest blog looks at the unexpected positive effects that COVID-19 has had on a Mongolian herder family whom the author has written about before. The piece provokes questions around how formal schooling constrains traditional nomadic culture, and about which of the temporary measures adopted during the pandemic should be considered for making permanent.