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Ombuds Institutions: Linking Good Security Sector Governance to SDG16



About SSG/R, SDG16 and Ombuds Institutions

National security sectors that are both effective and accountable within a framework of democratic control, rule of law and respect for human rights are a core element of realizing the good governance ambitions of SDG16 and its related targets (Agenda 16+). Under SDG16, states are responsible for providing safety and justice for their populations. Central to that are the principles of good governance, meaning that states will need to ensure public and national security are provided in an effective, accountable and transparent way. These good governance targets are the focus in SDG 16.6. Additionally, SDG 16A calls to promote and protect human rights by receiving, investigating and rectifying grievances, while strengthening the good governance of peace and justice institutions.
This project will focus on how ombuds institutions may act as catalysts for SDG16. While undervalued in the 2030 Agenda, ombuds institutions play a critical role in preventing human rights abuses by receiving, investigating and rectifying grievances, while also strengthening the good governance of peace and justice institutions. Fair, accountable and transparent institutions are important levers for sustainable development. In this regard, ombuds institutions offer a promising pathway.
The regional focus of the project for the third year is sub-Saharan Africa.

Key Resources

Outputs of the Project:

High-Level Events

Multiple high-level policy events are organized each year to familiarize and influence policy makers with ombuds institutions’ integral role within the 2030 Agenda, to sensitize ombuds institutions with their role in the Agenda, and to contribute to the policy discourse.
Blog: United Nations High Level Political Forum Summary
Report: Geneva Peace Week Event Summary

Research Products

This project also creates various knowledge products to situate SSG/R in the context of the SDG16 and the 2030 Agenda:
  • Research papers on SSR framing the role of SSG/R in relation to the 2030 Agenda and ombuds institutions.
  • Voluntary National Review (VNR) mapping studies which aims at reviewing all VNRs with a focus on the extent SSG/R and ombuds institutions feature within VNRs, and to identify good practices.
  • Country case studies providing in-depth analysis of noteworthy ombuds institutions.
  • Handbooks for each respective year compiling all resources, lessons learned, conclusions and recommendations generated throughout the year’s research, policy events and workshops into one comprehensive source
  • Backgrounders summarizing the key lessons learned and results of the project into a concise overview

National and Regional Workshops

The project also organizes annual workshops to put the research and policy discussions into practice and with a view of peer-sharing between ombuds institutions.
  • National Workshop – together with national actors, DCAF co-hosts multi-stakeholder workshops on a national level to provide detailed guidance generated in the above deliverables for that state to develop their own tailored approach towards achieving SDG16
  • Regional Workshop – scaling up the lessons and good practices learned from the national workshops, DCAF co-hosts regional workshops to provide guidance to states in that region on their role in how they can more effectively implement and achieve SDG16