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Exploring the World of Federalism and Multilevel Governance

Examining the principles and practice of federal and multilevel governance systems with a comparative international perspective. Each episode we address a key governance issue with world-leading practitioners and scholars from the Forum of Federations’ international expert network.

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Is federalism a solution to the challenges of building sustainable peace in fragile and conflict-affected states? Can a federal peacebuilding approach be codified into a federalism ‘pathway for peace’?

We explore the application of federalism as a peacebuilding mechanism, including opportunities, limitations, and how we can achieve more sustainable results, drawing on the experiences of three fragile states: Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen.

Joining us on this episode:
Muna Luqman, Yemeni activist, peace builder, and founder of Food4Humanity.
Marie-Joëlle Zahar, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Research Network on Peace Operations at the Université de Montréal.
Abdi Aynte, co-founder and Managing Director of Laasfort Consulting Group.
Mai Amir, Sudanese governance consultant and technical specialist.

This episode is brought to you by the Forum of Federations in partnership with Food4Humanity. It appeared in the Geneva Peace Week 2021 digital series.

Written and hosted by Liam Whittington.
Produced by Asma Zribi, Emilie Tremblay and Liam Whittington.
To get in touch with the podcast, email podcast@forumfed.org.
With gender equality now a priority in international development, how are donors and development practitioners supporting the empowerment women and girls around the world? What is the connection between gender equality, governance and development? How can we build a more equal world?

In the final episode of our series on gender equality and federal & decentralized governance, we explore Canada and Switzerland’s gender equality and governance development assistance approaches, and the work being done on the ground to improve the lives of women and girls. We’ll also consider the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on global gender equality.

Joining us on this episode:
Ursula Keller, Senior Policy Advisor and Head of the Governance Unit, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.
Marc Banzet, Director, Natural Resources and Governance, Global Affairs Canada.
, Director General, Federal Senate of Brazil.
Sosena Mulatu, Gender Specialist, Forum of Federations.
Dr. Christine Forster, Associate Professor and Associate Dean International, University of New South Wales.

Written and hosted by Diana Chebenova and Liam Whittington.
Produced by Asma Zribi and Liam Whittington.

Download the full Gender Equality and Federalism report. Get in touch with the show at: podcast@forumfed.org
What are the opportunities and challenges experienced by women to engage and participate in politics in federal countries?

In the second in our three-part series on gender equality and federal & decentralized governance, we examine the factors that affect women's representation and participation in public office in federal countries. We also explore the role of men in fostering gender quality, and consider the links between women's economic empowerment and gender equality.

Joining us on this episode:
Dr. Christine Forster, Associate Professor and Associate Dean International, University of New South Wales.
Sosena Mulatu, Gender Specialist, Forum of Federations.
Ursula Keller, Senior Policy Advisor and Head of the Governance Unit, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.
Marc Banzet, Director, Natural Resources and Governance, Global Affairs Canada.
Ilana Trombka, Director General, Federal Senate of Brazil.

Written and hosted by Diana Chebenova and Liam Whittington.
Produced by Asma Zribi and Liam Whittington.
Download the full Gender Equality and Federalism report.
For more on federalism and multilevel governance, check out forumfed.org.

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What impact does federal and decentralized governance have on gender equality?
In the first in a three part series, we explore the relationship between federal and decentralized systems and gender equality. How do these dynamics affect women and girls, and what opportunities and limitations are there for advancing gender equality in these systems?

Joining us on this episode:
Dr. Christine Forster, Associate Professor and Associate Dean International, University of New South Wales.
Sosena Mulatu, Gender Specialist, Forum of Federations.
Ursula Keller, Senior Policy Advisor and Head of the Governance Unit, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.
Marc Banzet, Director, Natural Resources and Governance, Global Affairs Canada.
Ilana Trombka, Director General, Federal Senate of Brazil.
Written and hosted by Diana Chebenova and Liam Whittington.
Produced by Asma Zribi and Liam Whittington.
Download the full Gender Equality and Federalism report.

Federalism is seen by some in the international community as an important tool to support peacebuilding and reconciliation processes in divided societies. But how and in what contexts can it be used most effectively? We examine how federalism has been used, or proposed, as mechanism to support sustainable peace and development in three countries: Ethiopia, Myanmar, and Cyprus.

Joining us on this episode:
Almaze Mekonnen, Former State Minister of Peacebuilding and National Consensus, Government of Ethiopia. Derya Beyatli, Peace Activist and Founding Member of the Third Community Forum. Htet Min Lwin, Senior Advisor, Forum of Federations.
The discussion is moderated by Rupak Chattopadhyay, President and CEO, Forum of Federations.
This conversation appeared as part of the Geneva Peace Week 2020 Digital Series.
Written, hosted and produced by Liam Whittington.

How do governments in federations coordinate responses to emergency situations like COVID-19?
We examine the intergovernmental coordination practices used in Germany and Australia - two countries that received international attention for their success in controlling the first wave of Coronavirus - and assess what lessons might be learned from these experiences.

Joining us on this episode:
Professor Nathalie Behnke, Professor of Public Administration and Policy at the Institute of Political Science of the Technical University Darmstadt, Germany.
Professor Alan Fenna, Professor of Politics at Curtin University, Western Australia
Written, hosted and produced by Liam Whittington.

We explore how the Coronavirus pandemic has impacted federal governance dynamics in Canada, the United States, and Mexico, and assess the implications of the crisis on the federations in North America.

Joining us on this episode:
The Honourable Bob Rae, Former Premier of Ontario.
Professor John Kincaid, Robert B. and Helen S. Meyner Professor of Government and Public Service, President of the Center for the Study of Federalism, Lafayette College, Pennsylvania.
Professor Laura Flamand, Research Professor at the Center for International Studies and Founding Director of the Network for the Study of Inequalities, El Colegio de Mexico, Ciudad de México.
Written, hosted and produced by Liam Whittington.