Forum of Federations wishes to offer its congratulations to His Excellency Abiy Ahmed Ali, Prime Minister of Ethiopia, and to the people of Ethiopia, for his being awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize for Peace. Since coming to power in April 2018, PM Abiy has ushered in a breathtaking range of major economic and democratic reforms. In announcing the award the Nobel Committee recognized him “… for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighboring Eritrea.” The Committee’s announcement also noted that “(T)he prize is also meant to recognize all the stakeholders working for peace and reconciliation in Ethiopia and in the East and Northeast African regions.”
On the occasion of the upcoming 70th year anniversary on the Basic Law in 2019, the international conference will address current issues surrounding German federalism. Since German unification, there have been significant reforms with far-reaching amendments to the Basic Law. The German federal state has had to repeatedly adapt to changing framework conditions as a result of this. The unique, historically developed model of federalism has not been fundamentally revised, however. Federalism in Germany has continually proven to be versatile and adaptable. Nevertheless, the question arises as to whether federalism in its present form is prepared for the challenges of the future or whether there is a need for further reforms, including those that modify the Basic Law.
On Nov 8, from 9:00 to 10:15, Forum of Federations International IDEA and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation will partner with Geneva Peace Week to host a special panel called, “Territory and Power in Constitutional Transitions”
As part of the Forum of Federations program “Empowering Women for Leadership Roles in the Middle East and North Africa Region (Jordan, Morocco, and Tunisia)” the Princess Basma Center for Jordanian Women Studies in collaboration with Yarmouk University and Forum of Federations launched its Training of Trainers for three days at Dead Sea.
This interview with the Honorable Madeleine Meilleur comes from a special political academy training session in Tunisia for women as part of the Forum of Federations program “Empowering Women for Leadership Roles in the Middle East and North Africa Region (Jordan, Morocco, and Tunisia).”
Dans le cadre de la 7ème session de l’Académie politique, composée d’adhérentes de plusieurs partis politique et des indépendantes, organisée en partenariat entre le Forum des Fédérations et le CREDIF, une rencontre a été organisée entre les 22 femmes candidates aux élections législatives qui ont bénéficié de 7 sessions de formations et trois femmes leaders en Tunisie : Chaima Bouhlel, ex-présidente de Al Bawsala, Neila Chaabane, Professeur de droit, doyenne de la Faculté des sciences juridiques, politiques et sociales de Tunis.et ancienne secrétaire d’État chargée des Affaires de la femme, de la Famille, de l’Enfance et des séniors, Emna Aouadi, membre du bureau syndical de l’UGTT (Union générale tunisienne du travail).
In Germany, reforms of the intergovernmental fiscal relations were always difficult, however, changed legislation was always a result of high political expertise. The administrative preparations, and the negotiations demanded a lot of time. They were conducted by experts from both the administration and academia, often in public discourse. This legislation was based on a political agreement by the premiers of the Länder, forged behind closed doors, for which the federal government was supposed to pay. In the end the federal governments accepted this agreement in exchange for more federal powers, which shifts the federal balance in favour of the federation. This agreement was not developed within the usual procedures of parliamentary and public debates but – although all formal constitutional requirements were observed – in a private meeting of the top elites of Länder politicians.
The Honourable Minister for Foreign Affairs of Nepal, Pradeep Gyawali, met with Forum of Federations Director of Programs for Asia and Australia, Phillip González, Senior Advisor, Dr. Surya Dhungel and Program Manager, Sagar Manadhar.
In April, Forum of Federations conducted our first-ever Annual Stakeholder Survey.
We asked you to take the survey and give us your thoughts on our work and how we can continue to serve our stakeholders better.
Thank you for your amazing participation! Results are in!
Please click on the pictures to see the results of five main categories:
uthor: Beni Trojbicz
Forum of Federations, Fundacion Gimenez Abad, International IDEA and The Center for Constitutional Transitions are proud to present the 17th and final joint-Occasional Paper that covers the constitutional tragedy in Yemen.
The Forum of Federations was proud to sponsor the 2019 International Metropolis Conference in Ottawa with a special publication by Leslie Seidle “Migrant Integration in Cities: Learning from Others” http://www.forumfed.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/OPS44_Migrant_Integration_in_Cities_Learning_from_Others.pdf.
A special Forum production for the International Metropolis Conference! link this (https://www.internationalmetropolis2019.ca/en/)
Forum of Federations, Fundacion Gimenez Abad, International IDEA and The Center for Constitutional Transitions are proud to present the 16th Occasional Paper that chronicles the very interesting Ukrainian attempt to build a constitutional system that accommodated everyone.
Forum of Federations, Fundacion Gimenez Abad, International IDEA and The Center for Constitutional Transitions are proud to present the 15th Occasional Paper discussing a different solution and untried solution to governance challenges in the UK.
Dans une ambiance conviviale, le Forum des Fédérations a organisé une rencontre ramadanesque à l’occasion de la remise des certificats aux membres du Conseil des Pairs, clôturant ainsi un premier cycle de renforcement de capacités et d’accompagnement, mis en oeuvre dans le cadre de son partenariat avec le Ministère de la Femme, de la Famille, de l’Enfance et des Seniors, qui s’inscrit dans le projet “Autonomisation des femmes pour des rôles de leadership dans la region MENA”
Forum of Federations, Fundacion Gimenez Abad, International IDEA and The Center for Constitutional Transitions are proud to present the 14th Occasional Paper which explores Sri Lanka’s ongoing attempt settle historical conflict.
Author: Asanga Welikala
Public Security in Federal Polities
Edited by Christian Leuprecht, Mario Kölling, and Todd Hataley
Forum of Federations is pleased to announce that Pakistan has officially renewed membership with the Forum of Federations thanks to the leading efforts of Senator Saleem Mandviwalla.
The delegation included Mr Mohamed Abdi Ware President of Hirshabelle State, and included Mr Abshir Mohamed Ahmed, 1st Deputy Speaker of the Upper House, and Mrs Fawzia Mohamed Sheik, Chairlady of the Security, Regional Administration and Federalism Committee.
Minister Hosh worked closely with the Forum for several years, most recently in his role as Minister.
This instructional video was created in Jordan for local journalist training in the Forum of Federations MENA project by local partner Jordan Media Institute.
CALL FOR PAPERS
On December 27 and 28, 2018, the Forum of Federations, in collaboration with the House of Federation and Council of Constitutional Inquiry, Ethiopia, held a two-day workshop on issues that affect women and girl’s constitutional rights in Adama, Ethiopia.
The book 30 Years of the Brazilian Federal Constitution: perspectives for Brazilian federalism has the objective of gathering studies written by the leading Brazilian experts on the topic of federalism. The book authors are also researchers who have significantly contributed to projects conducted and sponsored by the Forum of Federations. Even though the articles in this book use different analyses and approaches, the themes discussed converge on the debate about the role of municipalities in Brazilian federalism. The two first articles The political engineering of federalism in Brazil, by Celina Souza, and Preferences regarding the vertical distribution of authority in Brazil: on measurement and determinants, by Marta Arretche, discuss intrinsic issues of the political sphere. The first article describes the necessity of a constitutional design that can be adapted to political and macroeconomic circumstance in order to promote the stability of the federative system. The second article defends the role played by territory identity, social and demographic factors, and the geography of income in the determination of individual preferences regarding the distribution of authority between government tiers. The remaining articles use a more economic approach to examine the role of municipalities in Brazilian federalism. The article Expectations and frustrations: the recentralization of power and the expansion of federative conflicts and imbalances, by Fernando Rezende, discusses the importance of a reform of fiscal federalism in order to strengthen the federation, which would allow the government to promote sustainable development. The study Fiscal competition: decentralization, by José Roberto Afonso, discusses the advantages of fiscal capacity in the provision of public services, taking into consideration welfare increase and decrease among different kinds of inter-federative competitions. It also discusses mechanisms to reduce the negative effects of fiscal competition in the context of globalization, in which productive factors are increasingly flexible and assets increasingly mobile. Finally, the article Fiscal federalism and fiscal effort in Brazil: the dilemma of the Tax on Urban Territorial Ownership (IPTU), by Marcelo Piancastelli, studies the limits of fiscal federalism, describing institutional and economic obstacles to federative cooperation, and unsatisfactory results regarding the increase of welfare. 12 | 30 Years of the Brazilian Federal Constitution: perspectives for Brazilian federalism The papers in this book allow the reader to not only understand the challenges Brazil faces in improving its federative model, especially as it regards the role of municipalities, but also to visualize necessary advancements in Brazilian federalism. The book seeks to provide Brazilian society with important elements to understand its federative model and strengthen itself in this process. We wish the reader an enjoyable, informative experience.
As part of @CanadaDev funded, Forum of Federations MENA program, “Empowering Women for Leadership Roles in the MENA Region,” the Forum and Jordan Media Institute organized a symposium for a group of female members of the House of Representatives on “Best Practices in Dealing with Media Outlets”.
Dans le cadre de la mise en œuvre du projet de partenariat avec le Forum des Fédérations intitulé “Autonomisation des Femmes pour les rôles de Leadership dans le Moyen-Orient et l’Afrique du Nord: Jordanie, Maroc, Tunisie “ qui est financé par le Gouvernement Canadien, le Centre de la Femme Arabe pour la Formation et la Recherche “CAWTAR”, a organisé la 1ère session de formation pour de futures personnes ressources sur le leadership transformatif. Cette formation (de 2 sessions) a pour objectifs de :
Collective demands for the constitutional accommodation of territorial cleavages are pervasive across very diverse contexts. In many countries, political identification on the basis of territory is a central basis of political mobilization, around which political claims are framed, political parties formed, elections contested, governments composed, and constitutional claims made and resisted.
Le Forum des fédérations en partenariat avec le conseil provincial d’Essaouira a organisé du 05 au 08 Décembre 2018, une session d’accompagnement au profit des femmes fonctionnaires du conseil provincial d’Essaouira et des communes de la Province d’Essaouira. Cette session d’accompagnement s’adhère au « Programme d’Accompagnement des femmes fonctionnaires, du conseil provincial et des communes de la province d’Essaouira ». Ce programme s’inscrit dans le cadre d’implémentation du projet « L’autonomisation des Femmes pour des Rôles de Leadership dans la Région MENA : Jordanie, Maroc et Tunisie » initié par le Forum des Fédérations, mis en place par « Le Forum Maroc leadership » et financé par le gouvernement canadien.
As a continuing part of the Forum of Federations’ Canadian-funded program, Empowering Women for Leadership Roles in the MENA Region, Forum held a 2-Day Training in Madaba for women leaders and members of political parties.
On December 13, 2018, the Institute for Applied Economic Research ( IPEA) the Secretariat for Federative Affairs of the Presidency of Brazil (SAF) and the Forum of Federations organized an event titled, “30 Years of The Brazilian Constitution: Perspectives of Brazilian Federalism” in Brasilia, Brazil.
As part of the Canadian Government-funded (GAC) MENA project “Empowering Women for Leadership Roles in the MENA Region”, the Forum of Federations through their local Jordanian partner AlHayat- Rased and with the help of Balqa Applied University, conducted an initiative called “Legal Literacy.”
Health care is one of the most financially onerous and contested social policy responsibilities of governments in the early 21st century.
Dr. Helmut Teichmann, Deputy Minister (“State Secretary”) at the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community, and the Chairman of the Forum of Federations, Prof. Dr. Georg Milbradt, former Premier (of Saxony), signed the renewal of Germany’s partnership with the Forum of Federations .
Forum of Federations in partnership with the Ethiopian House of Federation organized a panel discussion on “A Conversation on Ethiopian and Canadian Perspectives With Canada’s Minister of Development”.
The Forum of Federations, in collaboration with MoFAGA and the Government of Province 2 with funding provided by Governance Facility, held an historic intergovernmental gathering in Nepal which detailed processes and issues related to transition in different decentralized democratic countries.
The term “intergovernmental relations” suggests that aspect of federalism “as it is lived” in federations. Understanding the workings of these relations is key to mapping out healthy functioning – or lack thereof – of a federal system. This important comparative collection looks at the methods, structures, and modalities of interaction between twelve federations as well as the European Union, surveying how these interactions are structured.
Forum of Federations and the North American Observatory on Health Systems and Policies launch new Book: Federalism and Decentralization in Health Care: A Decision Space Approach
Date : le 25-Septembre 2018
Women leaders and women members of political parties from Al Karak governorate attended the 2-day training that was held in the Dead Sea, Jordan. Dr Haifa Haider was the trainer of this training.
Dans le cadre de son partenariat avec le Ministère de la Femme, de la Famille, de l’Enfance et des Seniors (NFFES), ainsi qu’avec le soutien du Gouvernement du Canada, Le Forum des Fédérations a organisé, les 5 et 6 septembre 2018, la cinquième session au profit des membres du Conseil des Pairs pour l’Égalité et l’Équivalence des Chances entre les Hommes et les Femmes (CPE). Cette session a pris la forme d’un atelier de réflexions et d’échanges au sujet du Leadership.
On June 28 and 29, 2018, the Forum of Federations, in collaboration with National Natural Resources and Fiscal Commission, Nepal (NNRFC), with funding provided by Governance Facility, held a two-day workshop on the role of independent finance commission in intergovernmental fiscal relations in Kathmandu, Nepal.
NEW WEBSITE LAUNCH: @oxfordwater and @ForumFed launch http://www.federalrivers.org.
Formulaire de rapport Web
Forum of Federations, President Rupak Chattopadhyay alongside Forum of Federations MENA Ottawa team, Sheela Embounou and Driss Boutakhoust paid a courtesy visit to HE Mme. Souriya OTMANI, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in Canada. Also present was Mr. Lahoucine RAHMOUNI, Minister Plenipotentiary, Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in Canada.
Déroulement de l’événement
L’association Jossour Forum des Femmes Marocaines a organisé du 9 au 11 Juillet à Fès le deuxième atelier de Formation des Formateurs des Régions de Fès Meknès- Tanger Tétouan et Al Hoceima et l’Orientale. Cette formation entre dans le cadre du projet: “Autonomisation des Femmes pour des Rôles de Leadership dans la Région MENA: Maroc, Jordanie et Tunisie” que Jossour FFM mène en partenariat avec le Forum des Fédérations et le soutien du Gouvernement Canadien.
Forum of Federations MENA program “Empowering Women for Leadership Roles” Jordan and Roya TV sign an MOU for Roya TV to provide coverage and visibility by producing stories and reports for this program. Forum Senior director Sheela Embounou attended the signing with the regional director of the MENA project, Leila Haouaoui; in addition to the country team staff.
Forum of Federations in partnership with the Arab Women Organization (AWO) conducted four two-day training sessions for women in political parties from the four governorates in Jordan. The training sessions started in Madaba. This program increases the capacity of young women in their new roles as leaders to mobilize other women in their local communities by providing leadership skills, familiarity with the new decentralization law, civic education, social media and perceptions of women leadership.
AWO will be organizing 12 seminars for 420 women leaders (members of local councils & heads of CBOs) in Jordan for the Forum of Federations MENA’s project entitled “Empowering Women for Leadership Roles in the MENA Region”. The seminars will address familiarity with laws, civic education, social media & perceptions of women leadership.
Phil Gonzalez from the Forum of Federations called on Honourable Minister Mr. Lalbabu Pandit, Minister for Federal Affairs in Kathmandu to discuss how @Forumfed can continue to provide support for Nepal’s federal transition.
Led by the Deputy Chairman of the Pakistan Senate, Senator Saleem Mandviwalla, the study visit involved meetings with Canadian Parliamentarians, public servants, as well as visits to Canada’s two chambers of Parliament, the Senate and the House of Commons.
On June 2-3 2018, the Forum of Federations –Ethiopia Office organized a two day training workshop on Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations (IGFR) for members of Budget and Finance, Revenue and Custom, Expenditure and Government Audit, Social Affairs, Natural Resource, and Science and Communication Standing Committees of the House of Peoples Representatives as well as key staff for the House of Federations including the Deputy Speaker H.E Mr. Mohammed Rashid.
The Forum of Federations would like to Congratulate Mr. Bulcha who has just become President of the Supreme Court of Oromia State in Ethiopia!
Forum event details Multi-level systems of government – Structural features and Intergovernmental relations to Con Comm
Municipal cooperation on planning and service delivery is often advanced as a means to strengthen local government and address fragmented governance in metropolitan and other regions. If municipalities could work together, we could improve efficiency, lower service delivery costs, achieve better outcomes, and provide an alternative to municipal mergers. But, is municipal cooperation a panacea, or is it just a convenient solution to address some immediate problems?
Dans le cadre du projet “L’autonomisation des femmes pour des rôles de Leadership dans la Région MENA : Jordanie, Maroc et Tunisie », initié par le Forum des Fédérations et financé par le Le développement international du Canada – Affaires mondiales Canada , le Credif – ??????, en tant que partenaire du Forum of Federations MENA a développé et assuré une session de formation ayant pour thème « Femmes cadres dans le milieu sécuritaire et gestion de carrière » au profit de 26 femmes cadres travaillant dans le milieu de la sécurité, et issues de la garde nationale.
Rencontre Provinciale pour le lancement du « Programme d’accompagnement en faveur des instances de l’équité, l’égalité de chances et approches genre » au profit des collectivités territoriales de la province de Zagora
Emplacement : Province de Zagora : Région Daraa Tafilalt.
The Forum of Federations, with its project partner Conflict Dynamics International (CDI), organized a training and dialogue session with Somalia’s Federalization Negotiation Technical Committee over 1-3 May in Nairobi, Kenya.
On 10 April, 2018 the Forum of Federations held its annual Board of Directors meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The representatives of the member countries among them Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ethiopia, Germany, Nigeria and Switzerland met to review Forum’s work during the previous fiscal year and approve the program of work and budget for the fiscal year 2018-19, as well as Forum’s strategic planning for next five years.
The Forum of Federations is a relatively young civil society organization (founded in 1999). Can you briefly explain what makes the Forum of Federations unique and why your work is necessary in today’s world?
Forum of Federations (FOF) and AlHayat-Rased organized a training workshop called “Fundamentals of Women’s Political Rights and Participation”.
The Forum of Federations and Canada launch the project: “Strengthening Federal Governance and Pluralism in Ethiopia”
Strengthening Federal Governance and Pluralism in Ethiopia is a five-year, $5.675 million project funded by the Government of Canada and implemented by the Forum of Federations in close partnership with the Government of Ethiopia.
On April 2nd, 2018, the Forum of Federations, in cooperation with the Tunisian Ministry of Women affairs, Family and Childhood, launched a three-day dialogue and exchange session on gender mainstreaming in government policies and plans.
On February 15, 2018, the Forum of Federations, in cooperation with Mexico’s Public Administration Ministry, with funding provided by the Embassy of Canada in Mexico, held a one-day workshop on measures to reduce corruption in the public sector. The event brought together private and public-sector actors to contribute to the implementation of Mexico’s newly created National Anti-Corruption System. Discussions focused on actions to strengthen the technical capacities of CEOs, senior administrators and technicians in the private and public sectors. These actions include: whistleblower legislation to protect officials who identify corruption, ethics training, conflict of interest and administrative policies to deter and punish corruption.
Forum and Senate of Pakistan hold inaugural seminar “Accountable Fiscal Federalism in Pakistan”
Forum of Federations, the Oxford Water Network and Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment team up to launch the website: www.federalrivers.org.
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In 2014, the International Association of Centres for Federal Studies (IACFS) inaugurated the Young Scholar Award, an annual award for the best unpublished article or paper on an aspect of federalism. In 2015, this award was renamed in honour of Ronald L. Watts.
Federalism and Education: Cross-National Lessons on Governance, Standards, and Accountability for the 21st Century
Forum of Federations MENA signs partnership with Center of Arab Women for Training and Research (CAWTAR) for “Empowering Women for Leadership Roles in the MENA …Region: Tunisia, Jordan, Morocco” in Tunisia.
FORUM OF FEDERATIONS LAUNCHES, “Empowering Women for Leadership Roles in the MENA Region: Tunisia
The Forum has launched an addition to the Occasional Paper Series. The Paper is called Gendering Federalism in India Number 21 by Rekha Saxena, Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Delhi, Honorary vice-chairperson, Centre for Multilevel Federalism, New Delhi and Hon. Senior Advisor, Forum of Federations, Ottawa.
Strengthening Federal Governance and Pluralism in Ethiopia
2017 to 2022
This paper aims to inform policy makers and stakeholders in the Philippines about the critical features of, and practical experiences with, federalism and decentralization in South Africa, Kenya and Ethiopia. The Philippines is currently considering revisions to its present multilevel structure. Our description of the constitutional choices and subsequent experiences of these multilevel states provides an opportunity for reflection on how other countries sought solutions to the challenges they faced. This paper is also intended to provide some inspiration to those participating in the current discussions of constitutional revision in the Philippines.
The book “Fiscal Federalism and Equalization Policy in Canada” by Daniel Beland, Andre Lecours, Gregory Marchildon, Haizhen Mou, and M. Rose Olfert was just published. It explores Canada’s journey with equalization policy. The Forum caught up with Andre and Greg to discuss their new book and Canada’s fiscal federalism.
This year, I’m particularly pleased with the contributions the Forum of Federations has made to the cause of democracy building through successful development assistance programs and thematic research. The rolling out of our new signature gender project in the MENA region (Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia) represents a big step up for what the Forum can provide in terms of service and development assistance. The Government of Canada through their Global Affairs Department has contracted the Forum to carry out this important program. We are grateful for the confidence and support. I know the Forum will rise to the challenge.
Dr. Thomas O. Hueglin is a professor of political science at Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada. His research is focused on the history of political thought, and on comparative federalism. Recent book publications are Comparative Federalism: A Systematic Inquiry, with Alan Fenna, second edition 2015), and Classical Debates for the 21st Century: Rethinking Political Thought (2008). In 2014, Dr. Hueglin served as external consultant to the Constitutional Drafting Committee (CDC) of the Republic of Yemen.
The Forum of Federations in collaboration with the Interstate Council, Brookings India and the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library organized a two-day conference on how to improve public health care in India through fiscal federalism. With health care policymakers from India’s central and state governments, the conference consisted of panel discussions, a special lecture, interactive dialogue and presentations from academics, practitioners, NGO representatives and international health experts from Brazil and Canada. .
On September 8th and 9th, Forum of Federations brought together representatives from political, social, and academic fields to explore the question of gender and how the country could improve the inclusion of women and sexual minorities within a federal system.
The “Green Federalism: Experiences and Practices” publication emerged from the International Conference on Strengthening Green Federalism, organized in New Delhi on 29-30 October 2012 by the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and the Forum of Federations. The volume brings together for the first time the experiences of different federal systems – including those of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, India, Nigeria, Russia, South Africa, Switzerland and the United States – of the management of the environment and natural resources within the framework of multilevel governance. It provides an overview of issues, both theoretical and practical, on environmental federalism, and presents case studies on how each federal country has tried to resolve issues of coordination and cooperation among different levels of government in its own unique way.
On May 3, 2017, the Forum of Federations, in cooperation with the National Institute on Federalism in Mexico’s Interior Ministry (Secretaría de Gobernación), the Center for Municipal and Metropolitan Studies (National Autonomous University of Mexico), the State of Queretaro and the Embassy of Canada in Mexico, held a one day workshop on tools to support the election of women to executive political positions. With specific focus on the municipal sphere, this workshop brought together mayors and public officials from the States of México, Guanajuato, Guerrero, Hidalgo, Querétaro and San Luis Potosí, to exchange experiences and practices with national and international experts. The Forum of Federations identified and sponsored the participation of Catherine Fortin LeFaivre from Equal Voice Canada, and Mukta Tilak, Mayor of Pune, India.
May 11, 2017
Washington Post Review
On June 2, a high-level Myanmar delegation including government officials, military officials and leaders of the ethnic armed organizations arrived in Canada for a week long study tour of Canadian Federalism.
With over 1 Billion people living on the Indian subcontinent, health care delivery has become vitally important and challenging for government structures. The Government of India released a report outlining different priorities and goals for government to improve.
During the final week of April 2017, the Forum of Federations facilitated and hosted a study visit of Ethiopian members of the House of Federation funded by the United Nations Development Programme.
New Publication by Forum of Federations!
Forum of Federations holds its Annual Board of Directors Meeting in Myanmar
On January 19-20, 2017, the Forum gathered an eminent group of German and international experts to analyse the current state of Germany’s federal system and to provide an outlook towards the future at a two-day conference hosted by the German Bundesrat. The Bundesrat is Germany’s chamber representing its 16 states, or Länder, as they are called.
The Forum’s Director of Programs in Asia and Australia, Phillip Gonzalez, presented at the Global Autonomy and Governance Forum in Manila, Philippines.
Political Accommodation and Reconciliation in Somalia
A nine-member high level Ethiopian government delegation visited New Delhi on 11 December 2016 on a ten-day experience-sharing international programme on ‘Inter Governmental Relations and Practices of Fiscal Federalism’. The programme was sponsored by the Government of Federal Democratic of Republic of Ethiopia, the UNDP and the Forum of Federations (FOF) of which India is a member and represented by the Inter State Counc…il Secretariat, Ministry of Home Affairs, and Government of India.
The current year marks a period of consolidation for the Forum of Federations. Through its foundational programs in support of countries transitioning to federal or decentralized governance models the Forum has built a reputation as a credible source for comparative international expertise on building peaceful pluralism. Ongoing programs in Tunisia, Burma (Myanmar), Nepal, and Ethiopia assisted a number of these countries achieve major political and constitutional milestones. A pilot program in Somalia has laid the groundwork for long term engagement in that country’s federalization process, as has the Forum’s support to IGAD’s Federal-Decentralized Governance Network. The Forum worked closely with a number of stakeholders to deliver major research programs in support of policy making in partner countries. Programs addressing the institutional choices for bridging territorial cleavages, intergovernmental relations, and fiscal federalism were at the heart of these efforts. New programs on education and federalism, and immigration and integration, have also been launched with promising starts. The intellectual capital produced by these programs allows the Forum to remain at the cutting edge of federalism expertise, while also bolstering its development assistance activities.
On November 1-5, a Yemeni delegation headed by former Prime minister and Vice-President of Yemen, HE Khaled Bahah, visited Germany. The purpose of the visit was to have an exchange with representatives of various governmental and non-governmental organizations on current developments in Yemen and what could be done to promote peace and reconciliation in Yemen. A specific focus was laid on studying German federal structures to explore which lessons could be drawn for Yemen.
A Public Lecture by Professor Neophytos Loizides
3-7 October, Ottawa and Montreal
Between 26 and 30 September, Forum representatives Mr. Rupak Chattopadhyay, President and CEO, Mr. Hans Altherr, Forum Swiss Board Member, and Diana Chebenova, Head of Partnerships undertook a visit to Brasilia, Brazil with the purpose of engaging with different Forum partner institutions in the country. The visit was coordinated by the Undersecretariat for Federative Affairs (SAF) of the Brazilian Presidency, Forum’s main partner within the Brazilian government, under the guidance of its Brazilian Board member Ms. Ana Carolina Lorena.
An international seminar on urban policy was held at the Institute for Applied Economic Research (IPEA) that focused on the development of the City Statute and the New Urban Agenda with focus on the UN Urban Habitat III Conference held in October 2016 in Ecuador.
The Forum of Federations was invited to participate in a conference organized by the Peace Research Institute Oslo and the German Friedrich Ebert Foundation held in Nicosia on September 15, 2016. The conference aimed to explore the prospects and challenges regarding education in a post-settlement Cyprus.
Organized by both Forum of Federations Myanmar Office and the Amyothar Hluttaw on August 23 and 24 in Nay Pyi Taw. The forum was made in the Amyothar Hluttaw Dining Hall. Forum of Federations is proud to participate and help Myanmar lawmakers during their transition to Federalism.
“Check out the new Forum of Federations Facebook page from Myanmar!
Zeroing In on the Best Practices of Federalism – Forum on Federalism and Constitutional Reform
The Section on Intergovernmental Administration and Management (SIAM) of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) invites scholars and practitioners to submit proposals for papers to be presented at the 4th annual Deil S. Wright Symposium. The symposium honors the career and contributions of Professor Deil S. Wright, who was a charter member of the Section and remained active until his passing in 2009. The Wright Symposium will be a preconference event held on Friday, March 17, 2017 at the national conference of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) in Atlanta, Georgia.
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 objective of the study tour was to closely study and draw lessons from the system of intergovernmental relations (IGR) of the German and Swiss Federations. Specifically, the study tour helped examine and draw lesson on the issue of accountability in IGR, the place and role of judicial organs, and the mechanism by which the overall system of intergovernmental relations is coordinated.
The video portrays the transition to democratic federalism in Nepal, as of the spring of 2016. It endeavours to portray the very great range of opinion that exists in Nepal among the numerous groups and political actors. Perhaps more importantly, it also aims to explain the nature of the federal system that is now being implemented in Nepal.
Decentralization: A five part educational video series produced by the Forum of Federations
Thomas Pfisterer is a former judge of the Swiss Federal Supreme Court and has served for 25 years in the Swiss judicial system. He was also a Member and President of the Canton of Aargau and a member of the Swiss Senate. He taught Constitutional and Administrative Law and Mediation at the University of Saint Gallen. A graduate of Basle, Berne, Yale and the Swiss Bar Association, Prof. Pfisterer is an Attorney at Law and expert in law and politics and also served on the Board of the Forum of Federations.
May 3, 2016 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada
On March 29, 2016, Forum of Federations with School of Public Leadership, Stellenbosch University and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation jointed hosted a seminar titled: Financial Governance Reform In Multi-Level Systems of Government. This forum was located in Stellenbosch, South Africa as a pre-conference event prior to the bi-annual International Winelands Conference.
During a special trip to Myanmar on April 6-7 2016, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion announced Canada’s commitment to the Forum’s new project supporting the development of federalism in the country.
The Forum of Federations and the Gimenez Abad Foundation in Zaragoza (Spain) organized a 2-day conference on Federalism and Education: Governance, Standards, and Innovation for the 21st Century, held in Zaragoza, Spain on 4 and 5 April, 2016. Particular attention was given to functional division of responsibilities between governmental layers and to mechanisms of intergovernmental cooperation in education. The conference took place in the framework of the program with the same name that examines how 10 (ten) federal and decentralized countries design, govern, finance and assure quality in their educational systems spanning from early childhood to secondary school graduation.
The Smart City Expo Puebla, held in the city of Puebla from February 16-18, 2016, brought together over 8000 experts and public officials from 36 countries to examine how local governments can innovate to provide improved service delivery, mobility and quality of life. Organized in partnership with FIRA Barcelona, the Government of Mexico, the State of Puebla and the City of Puebla, the Expo focused on themes of sustainability, equity, participation and mobility, and featured numerous case studies of successful experiences from the Americas.
The Forum recently held a workshop, in conjunction with the Ministry of Interior & Federal Affairs (Federal Government of Somalia), on Intergovernmental Relations in Somalia, which took place in Nairobi 21-24 March 2016.
Women in Nepal have played an important role in the nation’s history, more recently being a significant part of the two Constituent Assemblies (CAs) that drafted Nepal’s federal constitution. Women’s presence in the CAs assured that the issues of diversity and inclusion from a gender equality perspective were included in the final constitution. The challenge ahead is to implement the constitution and create government bodies and design policies that would assure women’s rights as embodied in the constitution.
The Forum in collaboration with the Nepal Bar Association held a Citizen’s Forum on Federal Judicial Systems and Constitutional Dynamics.
On December 3-5 the Forum of Federations, in collaboration with the Tunisian Ministry in charge of relations with Constitutional Bodies and Civil Society, organized a workshop for members of constitutional bodies and civil society.
Bob Rae speaks to group on the “Federal Idea”
The Forum of Federations launched a new program on Somalia over 12-14 January with a workshop entitled Joint Program on Federal Governance in Somalia, organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Interior & Federal Affairs (MOIFA). Senior officials attended the event from all the Somali regions, interim member states and key federal government offices, led by the State Minister for MOIFA, HE Abdirashid Mohamed Hidig. In his opening remarks the Minister urged the participants to “… work hard in making this sharing of international experiences relevant to the real issues affecting Somalia today.”
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ron Watts. Ron Watts was one of the founders of the Forum of Federations. He served as a Board Member of the Forum between 1999 and 2006 and as Forum’s fellow from 2006 onwards.
Germany joined the organization in 2007 and is represented in the Forum by the Federal Ministry of the Interior. The Federal Foreign Office as well as the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development also support the Forum. In addition, the Forum holds close working relations with the Bundesrat (Federal Council), the German states (Länder).
Forum Program Head Felix Knuepling participated in an international conference on “Federalism and Decentralisation: Perceptions for Political and Institutional Reforms” on the 4th and 5th of September in Manila, Philippines. Mr. Knuepling gave a presentation entitled “Structuring Governance in a Weak State: Federalism and Multilevel Governance”, based on the experience and the lessons the Forum has garnered during its work in post-conflict and fragile countries, such as Iraq, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Yemen and others.
The Forum of Federations, in collaboration with Ethiopia’s House of Federation, held a workshop titled “Intergovernmental Fiscal Transfer Systems and Practices in Ethiopia” in Bahir-Dar, Ethiopia June 27-28, 2015.
Under the auspices of the Tunisian Ministry of Women, Family and Children, the Forum of Federations (The Forum) held a workshop in Kairouan in the center west of Tunisia. This activity was undertaken as part of the Forum’s Project “Support for Decentralization in Tunisia Phase III” funded by the Government of Canada. The Kairouan workshop took place from 21 to 23 May 2015 and was the second in a series of five workshops aimed at establishing a dialogue with Tunisian civil society on the role that civil society can play in the process of implementing the Tunisian decentralization process as well as the role that women can have through increased involvement and participation in local governance. The event brought together active members of civil society in the region, representatives of the Ministry of Women, Family and Children and four Forum regional and Tunisian decentralisation and gender experts.
The Forum of Federations in collaboration with the Ministry of Interprovincial Coordination and the Hanns Seidel Foundation hosted a Leadership Summit on Federalism on the 12-13 November in Islamabad.