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Forum of Federations Program Series: Ethiopia

𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐟𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐒𝐨𝐧𝐚π₯ π‚πžπ«π­π’πŸπ’πœπšπ­π’π¨π§ π“π«πšπ’π§π’π§π  𝐨𝐧 𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐠𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐚π₯ π…π’π¬πœπšπ₯ π“π«πšπ§π¬πŸπžπ« π’π²π¬π­πžπ¦π¬ 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐯𝐒𝐝𝐞𝐝 𝐟𝐨𝐫 π„π­π‘π’π¨π©π’πšπ§ π…π’π¬πœπšπ₯ π„π±π©πžπ«π­π¬ 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐏𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐒𝐭𝐒𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐬

The Forum’s Addis Ababa Office organized a 5-days professional certification training on intergovernmental fiscal relations (IGFR) in Ethiopian federal system from January 24-28, 2022. The overall objective of this training is to enhance the capacity key institutions on fiscal transfer system. The training is expected to equip fiscal experts and practitioners with the knowledge and skills to design, implement, manage, monitor and report on fiscal transfers between the different levels of governments. An effective fiscal transfer system is believed to promote fairness, equity, peace and gender equality.

This training involved 37 (9 women) participants – largely experts and practitioners - drawn from key federal and regional organizations and academic institutions. This is the second cohort of the training program. The first cohort was provided to 34 (4 women) practitioners. Several similar cohorts will be delivered in the coming months.

The curriculum for the training program was initially designed by the Forum in collaboration with the Indian National Institute for Public Finance and Policy (NIPP) and the House of Federation. The designed curriculum was piloted on the first cohort. Based on the feedback obtained from the pilot session, major improvements were made on the contents, training methodologies and time allocation. A number of senior national and international experts contributed to the initial designing and redesigning of the curriculum. The final curriculum comprises of eleven modules (courses) covering theories of intergovernmental fiscal relations, global best practices and local practices on the subject matter. The training program will in the future become a standalone, off-the-shelf IGFR curriculum to be delivered by selected academic institutions of the country.

The training session was officially opened by Honorable Hailu Effa, Secretary of the Fiscal Affairs Standing Committee of the House of Federation. In his remark, he highlighted the capacity gaps and challenges on the subject matter and underscored the significance of the training for country.

The training program is one of the key planned activities under the Forum's project, Strengthening Federal Governance and Pluralism in Ethiopia, a five years project financed by Canada’s International Development – Global Affairs Canada to achieve a strengthened and more responsive federal system for Ethiopian women and men. The House of Federation is the lead government partner in the implementation of the project.
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