The African Ombudsman Colloquium 2013
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 7:00 PM - Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 10:00 PM (PDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The Colloquium will bring together African Ombudsmen and oversight institutions to share lessons and insights as well as examine new prospects for administrative justice and human rights in Africa. The conference is designed as a platform for ideas; a location for intellectual debate, where knowledge and experience converge to interrogate past, present and the future of Ombudsman institutions in the continent. The meeting is intended to help participants share experiences and acquire knowledge and skills in order to become more effective catalysts for change within their organizations and in their countries.
The broad objective of the colloquium is to enhance oversight institutions’ capacity to respond to administrative and political challenges with a view to transform public service in Africa.
The specific objectives of the Colloquium are to:
- Use past lessons to promote a common understanding of the concept of ombudsman, the basic principles and strategies for redressing administrative injustice and provide a concrete framework for action and change strategies for Africa;
- Re-examine the role and relevance of ombudsman in the African context and their contributions to justice, governance, and public services;
- Enhance the protection of the independence and development of African Ombudsman Institutions by creating a platform for information exchanges and best practices for the advancement of good governance and administrative justice polices, standards and actions in Africa; and
- Act as launch-pad for an annual knowledge and skills exchange program tailor-made for African ombudsman institutions.
When & Where
The Commission on Administrative Justice
The Commission on Administrative Justice (Office of The Ombudsman) Kenya, is a Constitutional Commission established under article 59 (4) and Chapter fifteen of the Constitution of Kenya, and the Commission on Administrative Justice Act, 2011. The Commission has a mandate inter-alia, to investigate any conduct in state affairs or any act or omission in public administration in any sphere of Government and complaints of abuse of power, unfair treatment, manifest injustice or unlawful, oppressive, unfair or unresponsive official conduct. Further, the Commission has a quasi-judicial mandate to deal with maladministration through, conciliation mediation and negotiation where appropriate.