The AOMFRole and missions
The Association of Ombudsmen and Mediators of La Francophonie (AOMF) has the primary mission of promoting knowledge of the role of Ombudsman and Mediator in La Francophonie and to encourage the development of independent institutions of mediation in the French-speaking space.
Indeed, the AOMF plays an essential role in the promotion and consolidation of institutions. At its creation, on 52 French-speaking states or governments, only 15 were equipped with one or more ombudsmen. Today, more than thirty countries have established such an institution.
To achieve these objectives, the Association helps French-speaking countries to establish new institutions of mediation by supporting activities such as conducting training seminars at the training center established in Rabat by the AOMF and Diwan Al Madhalim. It also supports workshops for discussion, information exchange programs, conferences, exchanges of personnel, funding of researches and publication of reports. Its main financial backer is the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF).
It can also support expertise with regard to existing Ombudsmen offices to conduct an evaluation of the functioning and needs of Ombudsmen who are seeking to strengthen their institutions, need the help of the OIF or financial assistance under bilateral cooperation.
The Association provides counseling and information services as well as publications to its members in order to promote knowledge of the role of Ombudsman and Mediator.
The AOMF constitutes a link between the official bodies of La Francophonie, in particular the Delegation for Peace, Democracy and Human Rights, which supports activities of the AOMF since its creation. AOMF’s activities are supported by La Francophonie within the scope of the implementation of the provisions of Chapter V of the Bamako Declaration on observation and ongoing assessment practices of democracy, human rights and freedoms in the Francophone world.
The AOMF organizes a congress at least every two years, in close collaboration with the host institution. The General Assembly’s meeting is usually held on the occasion of this congress. Between two congresses, members of the Executive committee or the Governing Board gather to monitor decisions and administration of the Association.