William McDermott, Project Coordinator
Merle Jasper, Project Officer
Alexandra Preperier, Research Assistant
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.