In cooperation with the International Ombudsman Institute (IOI), the Academy delivered the second in the series of its tailor-made trainings for representatives of ombudsman offices on 27 and 28 May, this time in Willemstad, Curaçao .
Serving as a follow-up to that of September 2013, the event was custom designed in response to the unique procurement and integrity related challenges that ombudsman staff face. Over two days, 43 participants had the opportunity to exchange experiences and draw on best practices on the forms and approaches to anti-corruption at different societal levels, public procurement, organizational and institutional integrity as well as ethical dilemmas and individual integrity.
H.E. Mr. Etienne van de Horst, Vice Prime Minister of Curaçao, delivered the opening address, joined by Ms. Lynette Stephenson, IOI Regional President, Ms. Alba Martijn, Ombudsman of Curaçao, and Ms. Elisabeth Taeubl, Deputy Chief of Staff and Policy Advisor at IACA. Course lecturers included the latter, Mr. Max Kaiser Aranda, Professor at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de Mexico (ITAM) and visiting lecturer at IACA, and Mr. Michael Hershman, Chair of IACA’s International Senior Advisory Board.
The international character of the group contributed to rich class discussions on lessons learned from four different continents. The participants came from 14 countries - Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Curaçao, Georgia, Grenada, Ivory Coast, Montserrat, Pakistan, Saint Kitts, Sint Maarten, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the United States. Apart from ombudsman staff, parliamentary representatives also attended.
The training took place in the framework of the 8th Biennial Conference of the Caribbean Ombudsman Association (CAROA), hosted by the Ombudsman of Curaçao.