About the Strengthening the Asian Ombudsman Association’ Regional Technical Assistance
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved the regional technical assistance (RETA) on ‘Strengthening the Asian Ombudsman Association’. Under this facility, the ADB will provide $900,000 over a two year period, enabling the establishment of a knowledge management resource center within the AOA, whose primary objective will be to support the operations of member institutions through effective knowledge management, dissemination and capacity development.
The resource center will undertake several activities, including the preparation and dissemination of knowledge products; facilitating knowledge sharing; capacity building activities; building an e-Library; and organizing secondments, staff exchanges, study tours for second and third tier staff in member institutions to provide hands-on exposure to innovative practices and systemic improvements in Ombudsmen institution in Asia. Welcoming the approval of the RETA, the President of the AOA, Mr. Javed Sadiq Malik, who was also the Federal Mohtasib (Ombudsman) of Pakistan, stated that “The RETA heralds an important phase for the AOA, enabling us to upgrade our suite of services and benefits for members. We are pleased to be working with the ADB on this important initiative and are confident that the RETA will contribute to improving governance, public accountability and transparency in the Asian region”.