The Forum of Federations, in collaboration with Oromia Regional State of Ethiopia, recently conducted a four-day federalism leadership development rollout event in Adama, Ethiopia (28th June to 1 July, 2016).
The program is part and parcel of the Forum’s flagship program, Federalism Leadership in Ethiopia. The Forum, together with the Ethiopian House of Federation and regional state partners, have developed this program over the past six years. The current program is designed in the form of training-of-trainers (TOT). So far over 70 trainers and coaches have been trained, practically tested and coached. These trainer-coaches have now gone down to their respective regional states and institutions to train hundreds of leaders and experts across the country.
In order to ensure the sustainability of the program various arrangements were made during the startup phase. One of these arrangements was to have a tripartite agreement between Forum of Federations, House of Federation and regional partners. As per this tripartite agreement, regional partners are expected to run (rollout) the program by their own resources, experts etc.
Accordingly, the Oromia Regional Council has taken on a major initiative to train over 100 speakers of Woredas Councils (local government) of the region. The Forum played key roles in program design, availing leadership coaches and other technical and material assistance.
During the opening session Ms. Rosa Umer, Deputy Speaker of the Oromia Regional Council, stressed the need for sustainable capacity enhancement programs for frontline leaders of the region in order to attain regional goals of peace, democracy, development and good governance. Maeregu Habtemariam, the Forum’s Director for East Africa noted the efforts of the regional state government to sustain the program and reconfirmed the Forum’s commitment to support similar initiatives.
Justice Jisha Gudissa of the Oromia Supreme Court, Mr. Meles Abayneh and Mr. Abdi Kedir were the facilitators of the program — as graduates of the Forum’s second round TOT program. They were assisted by two leadership experts from the Center for Creative Leadership. The program was successfully ended with major commitments for implementation and general admiration by all participants. One of the participants expressed that, “(T)his program is an important instrument for leading ourselves, our families as well as our public administration duties.”