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Federal-Decentralized Governance Comparative Baseline Studies & ...

Monday, 06 April 2015 20:45

TERMS OF REFERENCE

Four Consultants Required for Federal-Decentralized Governance Comparative Baseline Studies & Consultations

1.    South Sudan
2.    Somalia
3.    Kenya
4.    Ethiopia

Background and Purpose

The Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD) is working closely with the Forum of Federations to develop and establish an IGAD Region Practitioners’ Network on Federal-Devolved Governance. In June 2014 a workshop of experts from all of the member countries produced (i) comments for the final draft of a Concept Paper in establishing the network, and (ii) detailed recommendations for a one-year interim period to pave the way for detailed institutional design of the permanent network. During this interim period IGAD, with technical support from the Forum of Federations, plans to implement a set of activities that are aimed at gathering systematic input from experts and other stakeholders in the region that would produce valuable early-stage information as well as specific recommendations on the institutional design of the permanent IGAD network, which will be submitted to the relevant IGAD governing bodies for consideration.

One of the high-priority recommendations of the June workshop was to conduct country baseline studies that provide well-organized and user-friendly information on the status of federal/decentralized governance in each country. The reports (est. 20-25pp, TBC) are to be highly comparative; that is, all country studies will use the same guidelines for research methodology, including a common, mutually agreed study contents’ template for the issues to be covered and strictly adhered.

The baseline studies will be supplemented by a consultation strategy for each country that will engage additional stakeholders and provide their inputs on programming priorities and other institutional design issues for the permanent network that will be submitted to IGAD decision-making bodies. This is expected to include key informant interviews and focus groups conducted in the capital and in selected regional centers of each country.

Scope of work

  • Prepare for and participate in a one-day preparatory workshop with Forum of Federations and other regional researchers, currently planned for early May respectively, thereby contributing to the methodology’s final detailed design.
  • Coordinate with FOF team in developing detailed plan for research and consultations in consultant’s respective country.
  • Provide initial assessment about the availability of existing data and analysis required according to the template (as per agreed schedule).
  • Conduct desk-based review, interviews and other research as agreed in the preparatory workshop and in detailed plan agreed with FOF.
  • Conduct consultation interviews and focus groups as per agreed plan and guidelines; write up results accordingly.
  • Write first draft of country report strictly according to the template/guidelines.
  • Respond to edit requests from FOF and lead researcher in a timely manner.
  • Coordinate the organization of a national roundtable in respective national capital according to the guidelines agreed (re participation, format, reporting, etc.).
  • When necessary, manage funds advanced by FOF for related travel and meeting costs and report and account for the funds according to detailed instructions.
  • Provide draft of final country report, incorporating findings of the national roundtables and other feedback in a timely manner (i.e., as per agreed schedule).
  • Submit final edits as requested by the lead researcher and FOF.

Qualifications

“There will be one consultant selected for each of the four countries (South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia). Candidates who are nationals of these countries are highly preferred.” There will be one consultant selected for each of the four countries who must be a national of their selected country of study. 

  • Master’s of PhD degree or similar professional degree in related subject.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of federal-decentralized theory and practice.
  • Demonstrate an existing network of connections among key actors for federal-decentralized governance in his/her country (i.e., in different levels and branches of government, in academia and other non-state actors, etc).
  • Experience working independently in conducting and writing up similar research projects, including non-academic research and writing (e.g., public policy analysis).
  • Proven ability to write clearly and concisely (i.e., for non-academic and non-expert audiences).
  • Some experience organizing workshops, colloquialism etc.
  • Proven ability to meet time lines.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively as part of a team, including appropriate interpersonal skills and experience coordinating inputs with others in a timely manner.

Payment (amount and terms)

Consultancy fee for completing all the agreed outputs will be paid in lump sum. Applicants are required to quote (indicate) their total lump sum fee on their application letter. Terms of payment/modality will be determined on the consultancy agreement.

Applications

Applications should be submitted to Teshom Mekonen at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and Maeregu Habtemariam at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it including detailed CV along with names and contact details of three references. (Additional documentation may be required from short-listed candidates).

Applications must be submitted by 20th April, 2015.

IGAD SENDS ELECTIONS OBSERVER MISSION TO THE ELECTION IN THE REPUBLIC ...

(IGAD – Khartoum) Following the invitation extended to the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) by the National Election Commission (NEC) of Sudan, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has deployed an Election Observer Mission (IGAD-EOM) to Sudan to observe the Presidential election and Parliamentary Elections scheduled to be held from 13-16 April 2015 in the Republic of Sudan. An advance team of observers arrived on 2nd April 2015 while the main teams of observers arrived in Khartoum today, 06 April 2015.

The Observer Mission is composed of   18 Participants from IGAD member states (Three participants each from the six member states, namely Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan and Uganda) and 12 participants from IGAD Secretariat.  A total of 30 participants are deployed to observe the election.

IGAD deploys observers that have been properly trained to take the task of observation with the requisite efficiency and integrity. A specific training for the Election in the Republic of Sudan will be given in the next 2 days.

The objective of the IGAD Election Observer Mission is to assist Member States in their efforts to conduct credible elections by providing positive and constructive feedback that would help to improve similar processes in the region, there by facilitating the gradual development of a democratic election culture, which will contribute to averting conflicts related to election disputes from the region. The

Members of the IGAD Election Observation Mission are to be deployed to eight pre-selected deployment areas for election observation. The Observer Mission will cover Khartoum 1 (Omdurman), Khartoum 2 (Bahri), Wad Madani (El-gezira State), Kosti (White Nile State), Gedarif (Gedarif State), Shandi, (River Nile State), El-Obeid (North Kordofan State), Dongola (Northern State)

The IGAD Election Observer Mission is led by Dr. Mohamoud Abdullahi Hussien, Head of observer delegation of Ethiopia, current chair country of IGAD. He shall be the Leader and Spokesperson of the IGAD Election Observer Mission. The Observer Mission also includes Ambassador, Commissioner, Yusuf Nzibo, Head of the observer delegation of Kenya, Current Rapporteur of IGAD.

The team has already met with officials of the National Election Commission and other key stakeholders and hold consultations and briefings with relevant authorities.

Press Contact Person –     Mr. Abdullahi Busuri
Tel: 0964.22.60.05
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Mounting civilian casualties, humanitarian concerns as Yemen fighting ...

6 April 2015 – The violence in Yemen continues to wreak havoc upon the country’s civilian population and restrict humanitarian access to those most in need amid a spate of aerial attacks and ground incursions, the United Nations has reported.

In the last 24 hours alone, air strikes aimed at halting rebel activities have hit the Yemeni cities of Aden, Al Dhale’e, Sana’a, Sa’ada, Al Hudaydah, and Hajjah Governorates killing at least eight civilians, according to information provided today by the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the press.

At the same time, clashes are continuing in the country’s south as Houthis and Government forces battle in Aden and Ma’ala, where a number of civilian targets have reportedly been destroyed including four residential buildings and a number of bridges connecting two major roads from Aden.

The situation in Yemen has been rapidly deteriorating since the country formed a new Government in November 2014 aimed at ending a period of political turbulence and bringing about a full transition towards democracy. The country continued to be plagued by violence and political demonstrations despite UN efforts to bring about a peaceful political resolution.

As the fighting has ratcheted up in intensity, the World Health Organization (WHO) today also released its estimates suggesting that more than 540 people have been killed and some 1,700 others wounded by the violence in Yemen since 19 March.

Against that backdrop, increasing numbers of people from Sana’a and Sa’ada are reportedly being displaced to Amran Governorate, just north of the country’s capital. OCHA said local partners estimated that up 28,000 people had moved into Amran since the beginning of the crisis and warned that the fighting risked interrupting humanitarian access, such as medical supplies, to those civilians most in need.

In addition, the ongoing shelling in Aden has disrupted the city’s waterworks with the need to ensure a reliable water supply becoming an “urgent priority” for humanitarian partners.

Press Releases: Coordinator for Cyber Issues Christopher Painter ...


Christopher Painter, the Secretary’s Coordinator for Cyber Issues, will travel to Uruguay, Argentina and Chile April 6-10 to meet with host government officials on a range of cyber policy issues.

In Argentina, Coordinator Painter will participate in the Ministry of Interior’s 3rd annual International Conference and Workshop on Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure, which aims to exchange best practices at a national and international level on critical infrastructure protection and cybersecurity. In Chile and Uruguay, Coordinator Painter will meet with government officials to learn about their work on cyber security policy.

For updates on this trip, please contact the Office of the Coordinator for Cyber Issues at scci_press@state.gov.

Press Releases: Announcement of Host University Partners for 2015 ...

The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce the U.S. colleges and universities that have been selected to host the 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders this summer.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the President’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). The Fellowship empowers young African leaders through academic coursework, leadership training, mentoring, networking, professional opportunities, and support for activities in their communities. Fellows are young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa who have a proven record of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive change in their organizations, institutions, or communities.

This summer, 500 Mandela Washington Fellows will attend top U.S. colleges and universities for a six-week academic and leadership institute in one of three areas: Business and Entrepreneurship; Civic Leadership; or Public Management. The twenty selected U.S. institutions represent the excellence and diversity of U.S. higher education. Institute hosts include public and private institutions, Historically Black Colleges & Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, large universities, and small colleges and are located throughout the United States. Working closely with the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and its implementing partner, IREX, these outstanding universities and colleges have designed academic programs that will challenge, inspire, and empower the young Fellows from Africa.

The 2015 Host University Partners are: Arizona State University, Clark Atlanta University, Dartmouth College, Florida International University, Georgia State University, Howard University, Northwestern University, Presidential Precinct (consortium with University of Virginia and College of William & Mary), Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Syracuse University, Tulane University, The University of California, Berkeley, University of Delaware, University of Minnesota, The University of Nevada, Reno , University of Notre Dame, The University of Texas at Austin, University of Wisconsin – Stout, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Wagner College.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is a program of the U.S. government and supported in its implementation by IREX. Join the conversation online with #YALI2015.

News in Brief 06 April 2015 (AM)

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Yemen continues to face insecurity and unrest. Photo: OCHA/Eman Al-Awami

UN health agency reports medical shortages in Yemen

Shortages in medicines and medical supplies in Yemen are expected to become more acute according to the UN health agency, WHO.

Health facilities in conflict-affected areas are reporting critical shortages in trauma and surgical medicines.

Supplies are expected to decrease further while the country’s airports and seaports remain closed.

Yemen continues to face insecurity and unrest as rebels battle the government forces.

Food convoy arrives in South Sudan

A convoy of trucks carrying around 2,700 tonnes of food aid has arrived in Upper Nile state in South Sudan.

The humanitarian aid was delivered from across the border in Sudan.

The UN humanitarian office, OCHA said an additional 1,500 tonnes was expected to arrive shortly.

OCHA estimates that 2.5 million people do not have enough to eat in South Sudan.

The country has been in crisis for over a year as intercommunal violence continues.

International community meets on disarmament

The International community is meeting at the United Nations in New York this week to discuss disarmament issues.

The UN Disarmament Commission focuses on nuclear as well as conventional arms reduction.

The Commission meets on an annual basis.

Cathrine Hasselberg, United Nations.

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Risen Energy Co., Ltd rassemble 2,5 milliards de RMB pour des projets ...

HEJIANG, Chine, 6 avril 2015 / PRNewswire – Au cours de la soirée du 3 avril, Risen Energy Co., Ltd a communiqué à la presse qu’elle dégageait un plan de placement privé. À un prix indicatif de 8,53 RMB par action, 293 millions d’actions ont été émises en tant que stock non public et ont permis de rassembler avec succès 2,5 milliards de RMB.

Le développement des projets solaires est une priorité de Risen Energy. Le plan de placement privé investira dans des projets solaires de 279 MW de connexions de réseau centralisé à Ningbo, en Mongolie-Intérieure et au Mexique, et de 100 MW de distribution d’énergie, qui desserviront les provinces du Zhejiang, du Jiangsu, du Shanxi et du Henan.

Risen Energy opère dans l’industrie solaire depuis sa création. Risen a saisi cette opportunité sur les marchés nationaux grâce à une politique favorable du gouvernement chinois et son but est de devenir l’entreprise dominante des projets solaires avec une part importante du marché. Selon le rapport, le pipeline de projets solaires en 2015 a augmenté de plus de 800 MW, dont l’investissement total dépassera 6 milliards de RMB. Le plan de remplacer par placement privé est l’une des étapes dans le but d’achever un total des projets d’installation de 1 GW.

Le rapport annuel 2014 indique que les ventes ont apporté un revenu de 2 952 192 300 RMB en 2014, ce qui représente une augmentation de 36,44 % par rapport à l’année précédente et le bénéfice net s’est élevé jusqu’à 66,9472 millions de RMB. Les ventes à l’échelon tant à l’échelon national qu’à l’étranger augmentent rapidement, plus vite que prévu grâce en particulier à un accroissement sur les marchés nationaux.

Risen Energy continuera à se concentrer sur l’industrie solaire et les énergies renouvelables. En tant que société commerciale publique, Risen Energy utilisera ses ressources pour que la vente de ses produits atteigne plusieurs milliards de dollars autour du monde.

Ministers of IGAD Region Endorse the IGAD Games Charter

Djibouti, 06-04-2015: The Ministers in charge of Youth and Sports Affairs from the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) members states this morning endorsed the IGAD Games Charter following an official opening ceremony of the First IGAD Ministerial Meeting on Youth and Sports led by Djibouti Prime Minister, HEM Abdoulkader Kamil, at Djibouti Kempinski Palace. 

This ministerial meeting co-organized by IGAD Secretariat and the Djibouti State Secretariat of Youth and Sports gathered HEM Badoul Hassan, Djibouti State Secretary of Youth and Sports, HE Mrs Zenebu Tadesse Woldetsadik, Minister of women, Children and Youth Affairs of Ethiopia, HEM Mohamed Abdullahi, Minister of Youth and Sports of Somalia, Hon. Josephine Napwon Cosmos, Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth, and Sports of South Sudan, HEM Yahya Hamad, Minister of Youth and Sports of the Sudan, and Mr Peter Kano from the Kenyan Embassy with residence in Ethiopia along with IGAD Secretary Executive, Ambassador Mahboub Maalim.

The Executive Secretary, in his opening remarks, hailed the efforts by the Djibouti State Secretariat in initiating the concept of the IGAD Games and financially supporting the First IGAD Ministerial Meeting on Youth and Sports. “This is a major IGAD event spearheaded and funded by the government of Djibouti”, he said. He thanked the Djibouti State Secretary for Youth and Sports for helping IGAD to advance the integration agenda in the field of youth and sports.

“Youth is a very fertile ground on which we can plant positive seeds as much as it can bear negative seeds. Our region is in dire need of positive-minded youth”, he said before concluding that he wwould like to see the First IGAD Games become a reality soon.

HEM Badoul Hassan first called on the audience to observe a minute of silence to the victims of the recent terror attack in Garissa, Kenya. He then reminded them that the meeting coincided with the International Day dedicated to Sports in the Service of Peace and Development.

“IGAD Games are the golden occasion for the promotion and the valorisation of upcoming young sports people through identification programmes of young talents”, he said. Sports encompass values that will help fight “obscurantism, violence, intolerance, and terrorism”, he concluded before giving the floor to the Djibouti Prime Minister who declared the First IGAD Ministerial Meeting on Youth and Sports officially open.

And it was during a short closed doors session that the IGAD member states concerned ministries fine-tuned and endorsed the IGAD Games Charter that had been prepared by an IGAD Committee of Experts the previous day for the purpose.

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