Canada supports decentralization efforts in North Africa
The Honourable John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs
In support of Canada’s goal of promoting pluralism and democratic development globally, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird approved projects that will see the Forum of Federations undertake programming on decentralization in Libya and Tunisia. The Forum of Federations is pleased to acknowledge program support from the Government of Canada’s Stabilization and Reconstruction Task Force (START) for projects in Libya and Tunisia.
The aim of the proposed programming in Libya is to strengthen the prospects for the country’s transition to a stable pluralistic democracy, respectful of human rights. The Forum of Federations will provide training and technical advice to a variety of governmental stakeholders (including decision and law makers, constitutional drafters, and civil society) on options for decentralization and power sharing as they relate to the drafting of the Libyan constitution and thereafter.
In Tunisia, the Forum will support democratic consolidation by assisting the Constituent Assembly and the Ministry of Regional Development and Planning in developing a framework for decentralization, and provide civil society with access to comparative experiences on decentralized governance with the aim of addressing regional inequities.
The Forum of Federations is the global network on federalism and devolved governance. The Forum assists in democracy promotion in fragile states and provides innovative solutions to challenges posed by multi-level governance in federal, devolved, and decentralized countries. It supports better governance through mutual learning among practitioners. Headquartered in Ottawa, the Forum is supported by ten partner countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ethiopia, Germany, India, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan and Switzerland.
Canada is the Forum’s founding partner and renewed its partnership agreement in 2011.