For Immediate Release
February 3, 2010
Sudan Program Manager
Mobile: +249 912 175 683
FOURUM OF FEDERATIONS TO CONDUCT SEMINAR ON POLITICAL PARTIES IN FEDERAL SYSTEMS
Khartoum, SudanóFrom February 6th Ė 7th 2010, the Forum of Federations will conduct a two day seminar
at the Rotana hotel
titled ďPOLITICAL PARTIES IN FEDERAL SYSTEMS, INTERNATIONAL AND SUDANESE PERSPECTIVESĒ for senior representatives from Sudanís large political parties (including The Beja Congress, The Communist Party, The Democratic Unionist Party, The National Congress Party, The Peopleís Congress Party, The Sudan Liberation Movement, The Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement, and The Umma Party).
The session will be conducted by international and Sudanese experts, and provide an overview of core comparative Federalism concepts and
on the unique ways that political parties compete, organize in ó and ultimately shape Ė federal systems
. Through interactive presentations, discussions and group exercises,
the overall seminar objective is to
stimulate constructive dialogue
the essential intermediary role that parties play in Federal societies, as well as their centrality in helping to advance peace and development in
Questions to be addressed include: what types of parties are most likely to achieve such objectives? What types of relations among parties can foster such aims? What characteristics set parties in transitional societies apart from parties in established democracies? What do politicians and experts interested in the rebuilding of party systems need to take into consideration to consolidate sustainable institutions for the management of conflict?
THE FORUM OF FEDERATIONS
As the worldís leading network developing a body of knowledge on the practice of federalism, the
Forum of Federations
provides technical expertise to existing federal countries and others considering federal type arrangements.
The Forum facilitates contacts among practitioners, academics, and institutions working on governance issues to build an international network fostering the exchange of experience on federal governance and to
disseminate technical knowledge of interest to existing federations and of countries seeking to introduce federal elements.
Forum maintains field offices on the African continent in
Sudan, and is supported by partner countries of
goal of the Forumís ďFederal Governance and Peace program in
SudanĒ is to s
trengthen capacities to implement key federal components of the CPA and at the same time build the basis for a broader and deeper national understanding about and commitment to the role of federalism for sustainable peace in
The Forum of Federationís work in
Sudan is funded by
Canadaís Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT).
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