International Development Cooperation: Idea and Mission
In the developing countries, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation endeavors to contribute:
improving social and political conditions of development;
In the interests of peace and international cooperation, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation acts as a platform for dialogue in the spirit of:
cooperation between countries;
Through education and public relations work on development policy in Germany, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation contributes toward:
awareness of development policy among political decision-makers;
Share of funds by sector
Share of funds by continent
Total expenditure in 1996: 92,2 million DM
These activities are being done by 80 FES representatives in 65 countries:
Our task is to work with partners in developing countries to establish socially just, pluralistic, and democratic societies.
Southern Africa constitutes a central area in our development policy work. We have contributed here to the drafting of new constitutional, economic, and legal frameworks, provided scholarships and training programs, and sponsored projects of cooperation between South Africa and the former "front-line" states. In addition, we have helped the African National Congress (ANC) set up an institute of economic research. Our work in South Africa has expanded over the past few years to include support of the negotiations for the dismantling of apartheid. The positive results of the first free elections in that country which brought Nelson Mandela to the top of a new South Africa give the Friedrich Ebert Foundation the chance to intensify this cooperation. |...more information|
We are encouraging movements toward democratization that have appeared elsewhere in the world, such as in Mongolia, in Nepal, and most dramatically in Vietnam, where a successful process of internal opening has begun behind the old communist facade.
We are also working with partners on completing and consolidating the peace process in Central America. In the rest of Latin America, we have put more emphasis on advising top-level decision-makers about such topics as regional economic integration, debts, internal restructuring, and political management.
With our experience in development cooperation, we are in a position to contribute significantly to the dialogue between North and South and to reinforce the commitment of the general public in Germany to development policies.
Our involvement in this dialogue takes many forms: that of a series of debates on development policy (which incidentally have been quite lively in the states of the former East Germany); of panel discussions and workshops; of meetings on human rights, environmental, and womens' issues; and of participation in the campaign "Fair Trade in Coffee."
Much of our work on development policy grows from initiatives begun by Willy Brandt, and it is in his spirit that we continue this work today. "Bear in mind," he once said, "that every age has its own answers, and that one must remain abreast of [one's time] if good is to be done." |...more information|
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