Batch: Masters Federalism and Local Government Studies (Live Batch)


Ever since the introduction of the federal system in Ethiopia, there has been an increased demand  for professionals qualified in the area of federalism at the federal, regional and local government  levels and in the higher learning institutions. The due implementation of federalism in Ethiopia has  been seriously hampered by a shortage of competent, skilled professionals to ensure the operation  of federal institutions in the legislative, executive and judicial bodies at federal, regional and local  government levels. This limitation has generated a high need for a masters program in federal  studies. The establishment of this programme is further justified by the post 2001 development in  state constitutional restructuring with a view to decentralizing power and resources from the regions  to the wereda. The level of decentralization that has been pursued since then and the achievements  and  challenges  encountered  in  terms  of  implementing  such  decentralization  merit  a  careful  investigation  as  such  decentralization  has  serious  impact  on  the  local  population  in  terms  of  improving their way of life, development and peace. Of late, there is also a significant development  and interest in understanding emerging cities as autonomous units.  
The MA program in federalism and local government studies is launched against this background  covering a range of issues that are of relevance not only to the emerging multicultural federal  practice  in  Ethiopia  but  also  to  Africa  and  other  multicultural  societies  elsewhere.  It  promotes  teaching  and  research  in  the  fields  of  federal  political  philosophy,  the  history  and  theory  of  federalism,  federal  political  systems,  comparative  federalism,  federalism  and  human  rights, 

federalism as a conflict management tool, fiscal federalism, aspects of adjudicating federal disputes,  federalism  and  intergovernmental  relations,  state  constitutions,  local  government  and  good  governance. 
Accordingly, the overall objective of the program is to contribute to the discourse on federalism in  general  and  strengthen  the  federal  system  of  Ethiopia  in  particular  by  producing  competent  professionals  at  the  federal,  regional  and  local  levels  and  conducting  quality  research  and  consultancy in the various fields of federalism. 

Exit Level Outcomes

After completing the program, the graduate is able to:  ƒ

1. Point out the philosophical, political and economic theories underlying federalism;  ƒ

2. Explain the relationship between federalism and ethnicity;  ƒ

3. Identify the strengths and weaknesses of federalism as a mechanism of nation and state  building;  

4. ƒ Explain which societal and institutional factors determine the success of federalism;  ƒ

5. Implement knowledge of federalism to resolve inter‐governmental problems at federal,  regional and local

    levels of government;  ƒ

6. Recommend adjustments to the federal structure and processes towards realizing its  economic and

    political objectives;  ƒ

7. Develop policy alternatives to federal, regional and local governments in order to overcome  or

    remedy the challenges of federalism and  decentralization in Ethiopia;  

8.ƒ Monitor the performance of major federal institutions in the implementation of the various

    dimensions of federalism, decentralization and good governance;   ƒ

9. Conduct research on various dimensions of federalism, decentralization and good  governance; and  ƒ

10 Develop tools for building capacities of practitioners of federalism,

11. decentralization and good  governance at federal, regional and local government levels.