Training on the Organisation of the Security Sector in Federal Systems for Staff of the Office of the Prime Minister of the Somali Federal Government

Max Planck Foundation organises fifth federalism training

On 24 October 2016, the Max Planck Foundation organised another federalism training for selected staff of the Office of the Prime Minister of the Somali Federal Government (OPM) on Security Organisation in Federal Systems. The training is part of a series of knowledge building workshops and was attended by 22 staff members of the OPM, including ten women.

The workshop focused on the organisation of the security sector in federal systems. Touching on general issues related to the allocation of executive powers and administrative functions between different levels, participants were exposed to issues related to organising the security sector and sharing responsibilities with respect to the provision of security services between different levels of government in a federal system. The Somali situation and relevant Articles of the 2012 Somali Provisional Constitution were analysed and useful lessons drawn from comparative examples based on the laws and experiences of other federal countries in Africa and beyond that were presented during the workshop.

The Max Planck Foundation’s Technical Advisor led the workshop presentations and ensuing discussions, which focused on pertinent issues of the Somali state-building process in terms of organising a coherent security system in a multi-level system of governance. The Max Planck Foundation’s comparative materials delivered in the workshop enabled the participants to undertake detailed comparative analyses so as to contextualise Somali particularities from a comparative perspective.

The workshop forms the fifth and final workshop for staff of the OPM delivered under the Foundation’s project ‘Support to the Federalisation Process’, with the financial support from the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs.