The Office of the Ombudsman (Malawi) will be hosting the African Regional Training on the Role of Ombudsman Institutions in Promoting and Enforcing Accountability Ethics and Transparency in the Public Sector and the 14th African Ombudsman and Meditators Association (AOMA) executive committee meeting from 5th - 8th and 9th February, 2018 respectively at Umodzi Park- Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe. The Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs of Malawi, Honourable Samuel Tembenu (SC) will be the guest of honor and will officially open the training.
This is the first time such a high level African Ombudsman event has been held in Malawi. Approximately 100 delegates from various African Ombudsman Institutions will be in attendance. Most ombudsman institutions attending the training are members of AOMA, a voluntary association of the ombudsman institutions in Africa. AOMA provides a platform for the promotion of Ombudsmanship in Africa through advocacy, information sharing, training and co-operation. Also in attendance will be President of International Ombudsman Institute (IOI), Peter Tyndall. IOI is an association of ombudsman institutions in the world.
The purpose of the training is to strengthen ombudsman institutions in the promotion of transparency, ethics and accountability in the public sector. The objectives are to:
- Build and enhance competencies of the Ombudsman and their staff in the promotion of good governance and accountability through information sharing, benchmarking and integrating various technical aspects of the work of the Ombudsman;
- Discuss ways of strengthening and re-aligning the Ombudsman in a changing African environment; and
- Forge partnerships and coalitions among Ombudsman institutions, and other relevant stakeholders for effective promotion of transparency and accountability.
The training will be facilitated by Professor Victor Ayeni from the Governance and Management Services International (GMSI) in the United Kingdom. There will also be presentations by the Danish Ombudsman and the Government Accountability Office (GAO) from the United States of America.
This training has been co-funded by Malawi Government through the Office of the Ombudsman; European Union through the Chilungamo Programme; IOI; and African Ombudsman Research Center (AORC) which is a research arm of AOMA.
Source: Office of the Ombudsman Malawi