Ethiopia's Institute of Ombudsman Gets An International Boost of Recognition

10 Nov 2012

The Ethiopian Institution of the Ombudsman was formally admitted as an institutional member of the International Ombudsman Institute (IOI) on Nov. 10, 2012 following a pre conference workihop organised by the Ombudsman of New Zealand for members and non-members to receive trainings on topics such as “Systemic Investigations and Effective Complaint Management” (Nov 6-7, 2012).

The IOI and Ombudsman of New Zealand also organized a three day world conference in Wellington under the theme “Speaking truth to power – the role of the Ombudsman in the 21st century” . The conference was organized under three main streams – Good Governance (including challenges to Ombudsman practice and improving public administration); Access to Justice (with an emphasis on Human Rights) and Transparency and Accountability (with a
focus on freedom of information).
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At the opening day of the conference, UNDP Administrator Rt Hon Helen Clark  addressed the audience and outlined and talked about the challenges and opportunities for strengthening integrity of institutions and the relationship with the work of the Ombudsman.

The IOI was established in order to strengthen Ombudsman institutions, foster regional and international information exchange, and common understanding of Ombudsman functions. It is
organized in regional chapters in Africa, Asia, Australasia and Pacific, Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America and North America.

The international Ombudsman Institute (IOI) established in 1978 and is the only global organization for the cooperation of more than 150 Ombudsman institutions from 81
different countries. (15 from Africa, 9 from Asia, 8 from Australia and Pacific Region, 8 from Caribbean).