Fourth and Fifth Workshops on Federalism and Decentralisation for the Somali Ministry of Interior and Federal Affairs

The Foundation successfully delivered all five workshops to staff of the Somali Ministry of Interior and Federal Affairs planned for 2015

On 9 and 10 December 2015, Foundation’s Somali Technical Advisors delivered the fourth and fifth training workshops to selected staff of the Somali Ministry of Interior and Federal Affairs (MoIFA) in Mogadishu, Somalia. The workshops are part of a wider project to assist the Somali federalisation process through capacity building and technical assistance to members of the MoIFA and the Boundaries and Federation Commission – the two entities spearheading the federalisation process in Somalia. The Foundation implements the project with the financial support of the German Federal Foreign Office.

The Director of the MoIFA Training Department, Mr Omar Mohamed Alim, and the Director of the MoiFA State Formation Department, Mr Abdunnasir Hagi, jointly opened the workshops. His Excellency, Mr Abdirahman Mohamed Hussein, Minister of Interior and Federal Affairs officially closed the workshop on 10 December 2015. In total, twenty-seven participants, including five women, were in attendance.

The workshops focused on the number and boundaries of member states, and on the status and administration of capital cities in federal countries. These themes are crucial to staff of the MoIFA in its efforts to oversee the formation of Federal Member States and in developing the law regulating the status and administration of Mogadishu. The workshops were highly participatory and involved group discussion and presentations on relevant issues in the ongoing federalization process.

The completion of the fourth and fifth workshops has ensured the successful delivery of a total of five workshops in 2015. The sixth workshop for members of the MoIFA (the first in 2016) will be conducted on 4 January 2016 and will focus on member state constitutions in federal countries.