African Ombuds Institutes Working for Peace, Security, and Development

Maaike de Langen, CIC Senior Advisor, discusses how ombuds institutes have a special role in the social justice landscape of their countries that enables them to make significant contributions to the achievement of the SDGs and help close the global justice gap.

Effective and accountable national security sectors are drivers of development. However, when they fail to provide security and deliver justice and fairness in people’s lives, or worse, when they are corrupt or abusive, they undermine trust and create grievances that can become a source of dissatisfaction, mobilization, and even violence. Ombuds institutes have an independent oversight role and can receive individual complaints and investigate matters pertaining to human rights abuses and maladministration by government institutions, including security sector actors.

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Oct 13, 2022
Maaike de Langen