Third Training-of-Trainers Workshop on Federalism for Somali Technical Advisors

Max Planck Foundation organised third Training-of-Trainers workshop to assist actors involved in the Somali federalisation process

From 9–13 January 2016, the Max Planck Foundation conducted the third in a series of four Training-of-Trainers (ToT) workshops for Somali Technical Advisors in Nairobi, Kenya. The ToT workshops are part of a wider project to assist the Somali federalisation process through capacity building and technical assistance on legal issues of significance to the Somali Ministry of Interior and Federal Affairs (MoIFA) and the Boundaries and Federation Commission (BFC).

The third ToT workshop brought together experienced Research Fellows of the Foundation and three Somali Technical Advisors embedded in the MoIFA and the BFC. The workshop series is designed to enhance the substantive knowledge of the Somali Technical Advisors on issues of federalism as well as their presentation skills. Following up on the first two ToT workshops, the third ToT workshop focused on the most recurring issues in the Somali federalisation process. Accordingly, the Somali Technical Advisors were exposed to the law and practice in other federal countries in relation to the representation of constituent units in the national decision making process, the circumstances that may justify federal intervention in constituent unit affairs, the role of courts in resolving intergovernmental disputes, and the process of amending federal constitutions, in particular the role and manner of involvement of constituent units in the amendment process.

The Somali Technical Advisors will transform all the issues covered during the workshop into several one-day trainings for selected staff at the MoIFA and members of the BFC in Mogadishu, Somalia. A total of ten one-day trainings each will be delivered to the MoIFA and the BFC in 2016.