Forum hosts fiscal federalism workshops in Sudan

The Forum has conducted a series of fiscal federalism workshops in Sudan in addition to several federalism awareness trainings. The sessions were attended by members of the Sudanese public service, political parties and civil society.

The aim of the sessions was to assist policy makers and political actors in considering the role that institutions and policies can play in addressing development challenges and advancing the peace process in Sudan.

Six training sessions were led by Mohammed Habib, the founding director of the Institute for Federal Studies at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia, and were attended by groups composed of 15 to 20 participants.

Habib was joined by Dr. Michael Bell of George Washington University’s Institute for Public Policy for two sessions on fiscal federalism; Professor Abraham Kot Riak of Khartoum University’s Federalism and Public Administration Institute and Tariq al-Mubarak, Chairman of the Khartoum-based Federalism Research and Training Centre.

Agenda topics included an introduction to comparative federalism with an emphasis on the experience of neighboring Ethiopia, a young federation; discussion on critical underlying conditions for developing sustainable federal institutions; and discussions on the legal and political framework for implementing federalism under Sudan’s Comprehensive Peace Agreement and Interim National Constitution.

The trainings included:

  1. Oct. 3: Sudanese journalists, in collaboration with media organization Teeba Press, who attended a presentation on fiscal federalism by Dr. Bell,
  2. Oct. 4: Senior staff of the Ministry of International Cooperation, who participated in a session on fiscal federalism with Dr. Bell,
  3. Oct. 5: Presentations by Sudanese experts from the Freidrich Eibert Foundation,
  4. Oct. 6: Leaders and members of large political parties including the Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement, the Umma Party, the Popular Congress Party the Democratic Union Party; in collaboration with the Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA),
  5. Oct. 7: Director-level staff from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
  6. Oct. 7: Members of Tamam, a leading network of Sudanese civil society organizations. Tamam is to conduct domestic election observation and voter education for elections scheduled for April 2010.
  7. The sessions broadened and helped to consolidate the Forum’s network in the northern Sudan, and paved the way for productive future activities with partners. Conducting the sessions with regional and local trainers, as well as in the Arabic language, was well received, and positively ranked in participant feedback. The evaluative comments indicated an appreciation of new concepts learned at the event, which were supported by helpful materials, and that participants expressed a strong interest in sharing this knowledge with colleagues, as well as the need for organizing similar events for other audiences.

    This training is one component of the Forum’s multifaceted program in Sudan, which is funded by Canada’s Department for Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT).

    The one-day training sessions were held from October 3-7, 2009.

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