An international Ombuds for humanitarian and development aid?

Professor
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Chair
International Development and Human Rights Consultant
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Director, Partos
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CEO, ICCO-Cooperation
Start date

Wednesday, 21 Nov 2018, 15:30

End date

Wednesday, 21 Nov 2018, 17:00

Location
Humanity House, Prinsegracht 8, The Hague
Woman with lilac shawl covering head and face
Potential of an international aid ombuds to fight sexual exploitation and abuse. UNHCR/Saiful Huq Omi

There is a strong need for an International Ombuds (Ombudsman) for Humanitarian and Development Aid. The Ombuds could be a relevant factor in preventing sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment of people in vulnerable situations, and could be a support for victims. There are, however, also challenges, related to logistics, security, jurisdiction, and ensuring appropriate follow up.

The International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) and the Platform for Humanitarian Knowledge Exchange in the Netherlands (KUNO) is organizing a symposium to present their report on the need for an International Ombuds.

The presentation will be followed by a debate around questions such as:

  • What is the potential of the international Ombuds for aid and can challenges be addressed properly?

How can the initiative enrich and complement other ongoing initiatives to advance safeguarding in the sector? 
 

Speakers

  • Thea Hilhorst, professor of humanitarian aid and reconstruction, ISS and co-author of the report
  • Asmita Naik, International Development and Human Rights Consultant, co-author of the report
  • Bart Romijn, Director, Partos
  • Marinus Verweij, CEO, ICCO-Cooperation
  • A representative of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

About the report

For the report, drawn up at the request of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ISS professor Thea Hilhorst, Asmita Naik and Andrew Cunningham reviewed specialists and aid workers representing different parts of the sector and reviewed numerous documents and websites. Besides the conclusion that there is a strong need for an International Ombuds, they also see challenges, related to logistics, security, jurisdiction, and ensuring appropriate follow up. 

Download the full report