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African indigenous conflict resolution strategies: Conversations with the Djibouti Ombudsman

Online (Zoom)

From: Feb 28, 2022 | to: Feb 28, 2022

Moderator: Paska Nyaboth - Programme Associate Horn of Africa Peace Project

BACKGROUND

Founded in 1963, the All Africa Conference of Churches is a continental ecumenical body that accounts for over 140 million Christians across the continent. AACC is the largest association of Protestant, Anglican, Orthodox and Indigenous churches in Africa and is a member of the worldwide ecumenical network. AACC is a fellowship of 204 members comprising of Churches, National Councils of Churches (NCCs), theological and lay training institutions and other Christian organizations in 43 countries.

AACC Liaison office to the African Union amplifies the voices of Churches and Civil Society at the African Union level. The Liaison office to the African Union is currently implementing a 3-year project “Transforming Lives in the East and Horn of Africa Region through Evidence-based advocacy by campaigning for peaceful change”. This project intends to bring together Faith Based organizations, Civil society institutions, Human rights institutions to advocate for peace and stability in the region.

With a population of about a million (988,000) people, unlike any other country in the Horn of Africa, Djibouti is regarded one of the most peaceful and stable country in the region with institutions led by the Ombudsman contributing to its stability. The Ombudsman structure is a national platform formed to resolve grievances and foster national cohesion among Djiboutians. The Ombudsman structure is regarded as one of the successful conflict transformation structures in the region given its various approaches to resolving issues in the country, a strategy that can be replicated in some of the countries in the region with the same nature of structure.

An ombudsman is a person who has been appointed to look into complaints about institutions and organisations. Ombudsmen are independent, free and impartial – so they don't take sides. The Djibouti Ombudsman also known as the National Mediator is appointed by the national government to intervene in issues including social problems, intercommunal conflicts, human rights violations, and etcetera.

It is therefore important that lessons are drawn from this national symbol of unity and conflict resolutions for the rest of the countries in the region.

PURPOSE

The purpose of this webinar is to understand how the Ombudsman structure in Djibouti resolve the multiple issues in the country to foster a national cohesion among the citizens.

DATE, METHODOLOGY AND OBJECTIVES

The discussion will involve PowerPoint presentation by the Ombudsman, experience sharing and question and answer sessions by the participants. It will also involve deliberations and suggestions on how to strengthen the already existing Ombudsman structure and conflict resolutions platforms in the region in peace and human rights. It will be conducted virtually on 28th February 2022.

 

OBJECTIVES OF THE PODCAST

a)     The objective of the webinar is to learn the different conflict resolution strategies from the different parts of the region with a specific focus on the Djibouti Ombudsman.

b)     Priority issues are raised in the discussion to foster the establishment of different conflict resolution strategies including strengthening the already existing Ombudsman structures in the region.

 

Click on the Link Below To attend the Zoom Meeting

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85405047928