A conference session at the 39th Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Djibouti in November 2012 was the beginning of the OIC Ombudsmen Association. The new association seeks "to develop capacity of Ombudsmen personnel in all OIC Member States by devising training programs [and to promote them] in the countries where Ombudsman Institution does not exist so far."
Work on a Constitution, By-laws and Rules of the Association is underway with input from Ombuds from Guinea, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Morocco, Niger, Sudan, Pakistan and Turkey. Earlier this year, a conference on "Networking of Ombudsmen in the OIC Member States" was held at Islamabad. (OICOA.)