The Forum collaborates with local partners in a host country to run learning events and share information on governance issues ranging from how laws are made and enforced by the central government and the provinces, states or cantons, to how to deliver public services such as health care, environmental protection or public security.
The Forum is active in nearly 20 countries around the globe. Its headquarters are in Ottawa, Canada, and it has field offices in Abuja, Nigeria; Khartoum, Sudan; Kathmandu, Nepal and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Thematic programs deal with common issues in federal countries. Federal practioners in specific fields come together in Forum programs to learn from each other. Learn more
Every three years, the Forum and a federal host country organize a major international conference to bring together hundreds practitioners of federalism, academics and NGOs from dozens of countries to interact and learn from one another. Learn more
In its country-specific programs, the Forum works in one or several partner countries or in other federations on specific cross-cutting themes such as public security, national capitals, oil and gas, internal markets, environmental assessment, indigenous government and land tenure, and benchmarking. Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ethiopia, India, Italy, Germany, Mexico, Nigeria, Spain and Switzerland.
Global Dialogue Program
The Global Dialogue on Federalism program enables experts in different federal countries to examine structural themes in federalism, starting with a roundtable in their own country and culminating in an international roundtable. The insights they discover are shared in comparative publications: a booklet and a book on each topic. Learn more
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* Development assistance program countries