IOI conference 2016Martin Kreutner, IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary, spoke at the 11th World Conference of the International Ombudsman Institute (IOI) in Bangkok this week to highlight the anti-corruption component of the work of ombudsman offices.

The conference, which runs from 14 to 19 November, is a forum for ombudsmen from across the globe to exchange experiences and good practices. Under the theme of “The Evolution of Ombudsmanship”, this year’s event aims to show how ombudsman institutions are core elements of democracy and to strengthen their efforts to protect and promote human rights.

IACA already has close links with the IOI and has delivered two tailor-made trainings in cooperation with the Institute.

In May 2015 the Academy provided a training in Willemstad, Curaçao for more than 40 representatives of ombudsman offices. The programme focused on public procurement and integrity and took place in the framework of the 8th Biennial Conference of the Caribbean Ombudsman Association (CAROA).

The other training, at IACA’s campus in September 2013, was for investigative ombudsmen and centred on issues related to anti-corruption and governance.

The Republic of Austria hosts the IOI General Secretariat.