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Ethiopia hosted the 17th African Ombudsman Research Center (AORC) board meeting.
Tuesday, 06 February 2018 10:48

Ethiopia hosted the 17th African Ombudsman Research Center board meeting. The meeting has taken place on Thursday, 25 January 2018 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

On the opening speech, president of African Ombudsman Mediators Association, H.E Fozia Amin stated that AORC provides timely and appropriate support to AOMA in advancing development of Ombudsman institution for good governance, rule of law and human rights. H.E, added AORC also plays its vital role on areas of investigating maladministration and promoting ombudsman in Africa.

Besides this, she acknowledged AORC for its contribution to the association by doing continuous comparative research, planning periodic conferences of AOMA and experience sharing.

She also expressed AOMA’S readiness to work with AORC towards achieving the African Union aim of silencing guns in the continent by 2020.

On the occasion, the African Ombudsman Research Center board chair Advocate, H.E Busisiwe Mkhwebane also addressed that AORC and AOMA are contributing for African Union agenda 2063. she underlined that the issues of good governance and promoting peace and stability in the continent is a critical issue and therefore AOMA is expected to mediate where there is issues of conflict.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 February 2018 10:56
 
Transparency, access to information and their roles
Tuesday, 30 January 2018 09:07

Most of the time, People often consider as transparency and access to information in the same idea . But researches indicates that they are different in concept. The principle of transparency in the democratic government and society has a great values. Therefore the government should be expected to practice its activities in a transparent way. This is also mentioned on article 12 of Ethiopian Constitution.

Therefore, a government is transparent when the great majority of the information that it holds about its activities, policies and strategies and other information are available to the public. So, transparency is the result of information being available. As a result , it is very difficult to talk about transparency if the government hides its activities from the public.

From this point of view we can understand that, transparency is the result of the information being available to the public. So, in order to create transparency, making information available plays great role. That is why writers says ‹‹ A transparent public body is one that is characterized by visibility or accessibility of information by people››. Scholars also agree that making information visible and accessible is very vital for transparency.

Therefore, governmental organizations must have duties to publish and impart information without the need for requests. For example, by publishing on their internet site and in official journals as well as in magazines and and different printing materials. This is also mentioned in the proclamation Nos of 590/2000.

Transparency has numerous benefits and the most basic benefits are mentioned below. Transparency for accountability: It is meaningless to create accountability without any information.

The public has the right to force the government and public officials accountable for their actions and decisions they take. To do this, information is needed. In the process of democracy building, it is essential that people can access a wide range of information in order to participate in a real and effective way in the matters that affect them.

In order to participate in democratic, good governance and other issues, information is very crucial. And also to participate in social and political issues in a meaningful way, we need information.

Transparency for efficiency: Responding to requests for information also has the benefit of encouraging for public institutions to organize their information. In particular, proactive disclosure of information encourages better information management. This in turn should result in more fact-based decision-making inside each institution, as well as more effective communication between public bodies and the society.

So, transparency and access to information is has a great value in building good governing and democracy. Therefore, the institution call the government, executives, the society the private sectors and all other stakeholders to play their duty and response for the success of transparency and access to information.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 January 2018 09:30
 
Ethiopian Institution of Ombudsman (EIO) provides Regulation training on the Disclosure of Information for Public Interest
Thursday, 05 October 2017 08:06

The Constitution of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, guarantee freedom of expression, mass media and of access to information. So, the Constitution determined to promote and consolidate the value of transparency and accountability in the conduct of public affairs and imposed a legal obligation on public officials to facilitate access to information for citizens.The Constitution of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, guarantee freedom of expression, mass media and of access to information. So, the Constitution determined to promote and consolidate the value of transparency and accountability in the conduct of public affairs and imposed a legal obligation on public officials to facilitate access to information for citizens.

Based on this provision of the constitution the freedom of the Mass Media and Access to Information proclamation No 590/2008 was proclaimed by the House of Peoples’ Representatives. The Ethiopian Institution of Ombudsman was given the mandate to implement Part Three of Access to Information Proclamation.Based on this provision of the constitution the freedom of the Mass Media and Access to Information proclamation No 590/2008 was proclaimed by the House of Peoples’ Representatives. The Ethiopian Institution of Ombudsman was given the mandate to implement Part Three of Access to Information Proclamation.

In the course of the implementation of the Access to Information Act, EIO drafted and adopted different guidelines, manuals, to execute citizen’s right access to information. Among others, the regulation on the Disclosure of Information for Public Interest which endorsed by the Council of Ministers on April 25/2017 was worth mentioning. The Disclosure of information for public interest issued by the council of ministers pursuant to Article 37(3) and 39 (2 & 3) of the Freedom of the Mass Media and Access to Information Proclamation No. 590/2008.In the course of the implementation of the Access to Information Act, EIO drafted and adopted different guidelines, manuals, to execute citizen’s right access to information. Among others, the regulation on the Disclosure of Information for Public Interest which endorsed by the Council of Ministers on April 25/2017 was worth mentioning. The Disclosure of information for public interest issued by the council of ministers pursuant to Article 37(3) and 39 (2 & 3) of the Freedom of the Mass Media and Access to Information Proclamation No. 590/2008.

The regulation apply public interest disclosure concerning a serious danger posed to the health or safety of public, the environment or any other harmful act committed in violations of duty and on the employee who disclosures such impropriety. So, any employee may, in the interest of the public, make disclosure of information on matters covered above. The regulation apply public interest disclosure concerning a serious danger posed to the health or safety of public, the environment or any other harmful act committed in violations of duty and on the employee who disclosures such impropriety. So, any employee may, in the interest of the public, make disclosure of information on matters covered above.

On the training it was emphasized that any employee shall first make a public interest disclosure to ahead of the public body where the impropriety is alleged to have been committed. Notwithstanding the above indication there is occasion where an employee discloses information directly to the concerned public body. This will happen if there is areason to believe that it is likely evidence relating to impropriety will be concealed or destroyed and the disclosure made is related to a very urgent matter. On the training it was emphasized that any employee shall first make a public interest disclosure to ahead of the public body where the impropriety is alleged to have been committed. Notwithstanding the above indication there is occasion where an employee discloses information directly to the concerned public body. This will happen if there is areason to believe that it is likely evidence relating to impropriety will be concealed or destroyed and the disclosure made is related to a very urgent matter.

Therefore it is regarding this regulation that EIO organized training workshop for different stockholders from Federal and Regional Public Relation Offices and for Head of Regional communication Bureau at Adam from September 18-19/2017.On that occasion it was indicated that Ethiopian Institution of Ombudsman recognized good governance is a big national issue. So, EIO has been contributing its part in collaboration with concerned stakeholders starting from the draft of the regulation up to the endorsement by the Council of Ministers. Hereafter, the EIO diligently work to sustain protecting citizen right access to information and to bring high quality, efficient and transparent good government.Therefore it is regarding this regulation that EIO organized training workshop for different stockholders from Federal and Regional Public Relation Offices and for Head of Regional communication Bureau at Adam from September 18-19/2017.On that occasion it was indicated that Ethiopian Institution of Ombudsman recognized good governance is a big national issue. So, EIO has been contributing its part in collaboration with concerned stakeholders starting from the draft of the regulation up to the endorsement by the Council of Ministers. Hereafter, the EIO diligently work to sustain protecting citizen right access to information and to bring high quality, efficient and transparent good government.

Finally, on the training closing speech deputy chief ombudsman Mrs. Serawit Sileshi specified that “concerned government bodies and Federal and Regional Public Relation and Communication officers shall work better for the realization of the regulation”.Finally, on the training closing speech deputy chief ombudsman Mrs. Serawit Sileshi specified that “concerned government bodies and Federal and Regional Public Relation and Communication officers shall work better for the realization of the regulation”.

 
AOMA Received African Peace Award
Thursday, 13 July 2017 09:45

United Religions Initiative-Africa (URI-Africa) has awarded African Ombudsman and Mediators Association (AOMA), which Ethiopia is leading as President. URI-Africa awarded AOMA in appreciation and acknowledgment of its great contribution to the promotion of good governance, human rights, rule of law, strengthening values of peaceful coexistence in Africa.

On the occasion, Chief Ombudsman of Ethiopia, President of AOMA, Hon. Foziya Amin has spoken to the international peace conference, after receiving recognition award for the association. On her speech, Foziya underlined the award given will encourage the association to work harder for the better achievement of human and democratic rights, good governance and realization of the rule of law in Africa.

Hon. Foziya Amin

Ambassador Muse Hailu, Director of United Religions Initiative Africa, mentioned the initiative has decided to honor AOMA after careful evaluation of its determination and achievement in strengthening good governance, rule of law, human rights and peaceful coexistence in Africa.

 

Finally, United Religions Initiative-Africa and African Ombudsman Association signed a bilateral memorandum of understanding to promote good governance, rule of law, human dignity, peaceful coexistence, mutual respect among people of different religions and cultures; counter-violence extremism, and radicalization; on issues of agenda 2063 and SDGS, and other issues in Africa to work together hereafter. The peace conference has taken place in Burundi, Bujumbura on July 6-7, 2017.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 July 2017 07:28
 
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