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2 Welcome There are more than 25 federal countries in the world today, which together represent 40 per cent of the world's population. They include some of the largest and most complex democracies - India, the US, Brazil, Germany and Mexico. The Forum of Federations is the global network on federalism

3 Forum of Federations Staff of 30 based in Ottawa, Canada Abuja, Nigeria Khartoum, Sudan Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Katmandu, Nepal Field offices:

4 The Forum of Federations, an international network of existing and emerging federations, seeks to strengthen democratic governance by promoting dialogue and understanding of the values, practices, principles, and possibilities of federalism. Mission Statement

5 Origins Mont-Tremblant Conference (Canada)  October, 1999  Attended by over 500 participants including elected officials, civil servants, academics and private- sector representatives from more than 25 countries

6 Forum of Federations Founded Because: ● There is a growing appetite for knowledge-sharing among more than 25 federal states ● Its activities generate insights into federal-related issues, domestic and international level ● It addresses topical themes of immediate policy relevance ● It engages in nation building efforts in emerging federations, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Sudan, and Iraq

7 What We Do Policy and Governance Partnerships Tackle governance issues in partner, non-partner and development assistance countries Assist in constitution - and peace-building efforts Provide subject-matter expertise for local capacity building Goal: Provide sound, comparative, policy options and recommendations on federal governance and constitution building

8 Hold triennial international conferences Design and deliver programs for partner, development-assistance countries and non-partner countries Deliver Global Dialogue programs, by theme Publish publications and public information and education materials Provide policy and governance partnership programs Engage in political dialogue processes in post-conflict countries Provide online multi-lingual library for effective learning Manage ‘Young Professionals’ programs What We Do Key activities that support our mission

9 Core Functions: Serve as a Centre of Excellence on Federalism Provide Governance related programs with local and international partners Engage in Global Dialogues on core functions and policy themes of federalism with stakeholders What We Do

10 International expertise & materials The Forum draws upon a global network of renowned experts in federalism to facilitate workshops and other learning events Provides a wealth of federalism-related learning materials in print and online

11 Learning network on federalism From its website

12 Learning network on federalism From its books

13 Learning network on federalism From its magazines

14 Learning network on federalism From its electronic newsletter

15 Learning network on federalism From its multilingual literature

16 Learning network on federalism From its multimedia

17 Learning network on federalism From its international conferences 1st International Conference on Federalism in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, October nd International Conference on Federalism in St. Gallen, Switzerland, August rd International Conference on Federalism in Brussels, Belgium, March th International Conference on Federalism in India, November th International Conference to be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 2010

18 Learning Activities in Partner Federations AustraliaAustriaCanada IndiaMexico Nigeria Switzerland GermanyEthiopia

19 Learning Activities in Partner Federations Australia; The Forum has held Global Dialogue sessions on such topics as diversity challenges facing Australia Austria; The Forum has worked with the Austrian Departments of Foreign Affairs and Aid, to seek potential partnerships for programs in developing federations Canada; This program continues to expand with involvement in several important conferences and study tours India; partnering with the Forum to hold India-specific events around the four themes of the International Conference on Federalism Mexico; the Forum's activities have addressed inter-municipal cooperation, decentralization, intergovernmental cooperation and public security

20 Learning Activities in Partner Federations Switzerland; The Forum has worked with the Swiss government in many ways.  3rd International Conference on Federalism  Forum Vice-President Werner Thut is on a 3-year secondment from Switzerland's Department of Foreign affairs  Works in collaboration with the Institute of Federalism in Fribourg. Nigeria; Currently working on a fiscal federalism project with the World Bank and intergovernmental relations in the education sector Ethiopia; Collaborating with Ethiopian academics to create a new Institute of Federalism at with Addis Ababa University working actively with the House of Federation and the Ministry of Federal Affairs. Germany; Forum has been working with Germany since More recently, the Forum contributed to Germany’s major constitutional re- vamping process

21 Governance Work in non-partner countries SpainBrazilSouth Africa International roundtable was held in South Africa in 2007 Intergovernmental relations work Fiscal Forum of Brazilian States and the Council of Secretaries of Finance

22 Development Assistance Work in non-partner countries Iraq Nepal Forum has developed a three-year program to assist Nepal’s democratic transition towards a federal form of Government. In Iraq the Forum of Federations has advanced the knowledge of federalism among parliamentarians, government officials and professors of law and political science.

23 Development Assistance Work in non-partner countries Sudan Sri Lanka Sudanese trained in federalism as component to sustainable peace. Forum launched a course on federalism. The course was presented to participants from NGOs, academia, media and legislatures, as well as local, state and central government. Raising awareness about the options and possibilities for power-sharing, including federalism, with the aim of facilitating a permanent settlement of conflict Women politicians exchange ideas on power sharing Workshop on power sharing options Sri Lankans study Canadian federal model Sri Lankans create common language for power sharing Civil servants learn about power sharing in Aceh

24 Global Dialogue themes Current Theme: Intergovernmental Relations in Federal Countries A defining feature of federal systems is the constitutional recognition of at least two orders of government, federal and regional. Each order has a direct relationship with the people, and defined powers are ascribed to each order. Past Themes: Constitutional Origins, Structure, and Change in Federal Countries Distribution of Powers and Responsibilities in Federal Countries Legislative, Executive and Judicial Governance in Federal Countries The Practice of Fiscal Federalism: Comparative Perspectives Foreign Relations in Federal Countries Local Governments and Metropolitan Regions in Federal Countries Diversity in Federal Systems

25 Nepal Section History of Forum Involvement Nepali journalists seek answers in an introductory session on federalism Nepali journalists and professors get glimpse of constitutions in other federal systems The Forum has developed a three-year program to assist in Nepal’s democratic transition towards a federal form of Government Introductory courses on federalism, a multilingual glossary of federalism terms and a Nepali version of the Forum’s DVD “The Challenge of Diversity: The Federal Experience.”

26 Sri Lanka: History of Forum’s Activities ( ) Track 1 (advising the peace process):  Provided recommendations on the negotiation process, interim self-governing arrangements and federalism for both parties  Interest in models of decentralization  Support to civil society (Centre for Policy Alternatives)  Involved in discussions on federalism with community leaders and civil society groups across the Island via public education seminars  Internships Track 2 activities  “Power-sharing Options for Sri Lanka and the Federal Idea” project  Keep the dialogue on federalism alive  Create an informed public debate on options for conflict resolution in Sri Lanka  Did workshops on power sharing options and 1 workshop on developing a Lexicon of value-neutral federalism terms in Sinhala and Tamil languages

27 Iraqi academic training project CIDA-funded 2-year project ( )* Training of parliamentarians, media Training of 72 academics in law and political science departments from all public universities Dissemination of Arabic and Kurdish materials Develop Iraq association of federal studies, Launch website for networking, materials Support to Constitutional Review Committee and UNAMI conferences NDI partnership ( ) * Extension expected

28 Sudan Program Program areas: ( )  Government: various ministries  Civil society Overall approach:  Institution building between 4 levels of government  Develop strong constituency for promoting and developing federalism in Sudan, academics.  Formed partnerships at National and sub-national level.  Range of activities : research, public education, training, media, etc.

29 What We Do Young Professionals GOAL: Aims at expanding the Forum’s network and engaging a younger generation of experts interested in the practice of federalism. Reorientation away from youth as the target demographic. Focus on young career practitioners and academics New Projects in Hand: Swiss government supported program to launch an internship program in partnership with the Conference of Cantonal Governments in Launch an online journal “FEDERAL GOVERNANCE” aimed at publishing original and review articles written by young academics and practitioners. Aim to involve Young Professionals in all our programming.

30 International Board of Directors Prof. Dr. Arnold Koller (Chairman) Switzerland H.E. Ambassador Dr. Samuel Assefa Ambassador of Ethiopia to the United States of America, Washington, D.C. USA Prof. David Cameron, Canada The Right Honourable A. Kim Campbell, Canada General John de Chastelain, Canada Mr. Walter Fust, Switzerland Prof. Julius Ihonvbere, Nigeria Prof. Dr. Wolf Linder, Switzerland Mr. Peter Müller, Germany Prof. Dr. Wolf Okresek, Austria Mr. Amitabha Pande, India Prof. Johanne Poirier, Canada Ms. Violeta Ruiz Almendral, Spain Mr. Roger Wilkins, Australia

31 Partner Institutions Comparative Federalism and Federation Research Committee of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) International Association of Centers for Federal Studies World Bank Institute Centro de Implementación de Políticas Públicas para la Equidad y el Crecimiento (CIPPEC) Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies (Melbourne) Institut für Föderalismus (Austria) The Institute for Constitutional Law (Belgium) Fundaçao do Desenvolvimiento Administrativo (Brazil) Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada (Brazil) Institute of Intergovernmental Relations (Canada) Institute of Social Sciences (India)

32 Partner Institutions Instituto Nacional para el Federalismo y el Desarrollo Municipal (Mexico) Institute for Governance and Social Research (Nigeria) Foundation for the Development of Parliamentarism in Russia Community Law Centre (South Africa) Institut d’Estudis Autonòmics (Spain) Instituto de Derecho Público Comparado (Spain) Fundacíon Giménez Abad de Estudios Parlamentarios y del Estado Autónomico (Spain) Centre for Policy Alternatives (Sri Lanka) Institut du fédéralisme (Switzerland) Centre for Federal Studies (UK) The Council of State Governments (US) The Meyner Center for the Study of State and Local Government (US)

33 Project Partners ● Provincial and State governments ● United Nations Development Program (UNDP) ● National Democratic Institute (NDI) ● United States Agency for International Aid (USAID) ● National Endowment for Democracy (NED) ● Bertelsmann Foundation ● North American Forum on Integration (NAFI) ● Konrad Adenauer Foundation ● Friedrich Naumann Foundation ● The World Bank Institute ● The Organization for Economic Development and Co-operation ● Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) ● Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) ● Getulio Vargas Foundation (Brazil) ● Caixa Economica (Brazil) ● Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean

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