Building Federalism through Local Government Dialogue
Christoph T. Jaeger is the Senior Advisor for the Somalia project Building Federalism through Local Government Dialogue. He joined the Berghof Foundation in March 2015.
Christoph represented the German Development Agency (DED) in Tunisia and then worked for 27 years as an officer of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), mainly in Algeria, Morocco and the Sudan, but also at the Programme’s headquarters in New York, inter alia as the acting Regional Director for the Arab States. After his retirement in 1998, he worked for the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg on the constitutional processes in Sudan and Somalia, and counselled UNDP as the Senior Development Advisor for the Darfur Peace Process.
Christoph has been involved since 2003 in Somalia’s constitutional process. His current interest lies with developing models for state building and federalism based on Somali value systems through dialogue among representatives of the lowest levels of communal administrations and the civil society at large. Christoph has a doctorate in law from the University of Tubingen and studied Arabic at the University of Cairo and Persian language and culture at the University of Teheran.