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About IOI

The International Ombudsman Institute (IOI)

The International Ombudsman Institute, established in 1978, is the only global organisation for the cooperation of almost 200 independent Ombudsman institutions from over 100 countries worldwide.


The IOI is organised into six regional chapters (Africa, Asia, Australasia & Pacific, Europe, the Caribbean & Latin America and North America). In its effort to focus on good governance and capacity building, the IOI supports its members through:


  • training

  • research and

  • regional subsidies for projects.

Ombudsman institutions are an important mechanism in the improvement of public administration. They make actions of governments more open, their administration more accountable to the public and also play an increasingly important role in the protection and promotion of human rights.

In fulfilling their diverse mandate, Ombudsman institutions constitute an essential and necessary element in every person’s right to access to justice, and the development and maintenance of a transparent and accountable democracy.


The General Assembly and International Ombudsman Conference is held every four years.  The 11th World Conference was held in Bangkok, Thailand in 2016.


Ireland is honoured to be hosting the 12th General Assembly and World Conference Virtually in May 2021.


More information on the IOI is available at or on Twitter @the_ioi

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