Since it became independent from France in 1960, Madagascar has experienced three phases of watershed political change and the founding of four republics and has not achieved any lasting consensus over the design of the government system down to the present day. The 2009 coup d’état plunged Madagascar into a socio-political crisis once again, which only on the surface was remedied by the election of the current President, Hery Rajaonarimampianina, in 2013, as polarisation into hostile political camps persists. This political instability has far-reaching social implications, and the country lacks societal institutions able to carry out a process of socio-political accommodation. Trade unions and civil society organisations are too weak to push forward with reforms, or they do not fully leverage their potential.

It is against this background that the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) in Madagascar is particularly committed to promoting orientation of political action to the common weal, to strengthening democratic institutions and their legitimacy while involving relevant societal groups in the political decision-making process. The FES has been active in Madagascar with interruption (1975-1988) since 1964. The most important target groups for its training and advisory measures are representatives of political institutions, selected young leaders, democratically elected members of the Parliament and multipliers from civil society institutions.

Current project work concentrates on strengthening selected progressive young people in making a commitment as citizens. The objective behind the promotion of junior leaders is to encourage an orientation towards the common weal by the political class over the long term and hence make a contribution to overall social accommodation of interests. By fostering a new generation of democratic-minded political actors, the FES makes an important contribution to stabilising and consolidating democratic institutions and processes in Madagascar.

The FES office in Madagascar furthermore coordinates the topical area of sustainability and climate in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Learn more about our work in Madagascar on the project's website.


Cvetek, Nina; Daiber, Friedel

Qu'est-ce que la societé civile?

Antananarivo;Bonn, 2009

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Randriamampianina, Mialisoa

Sécurité et défense

nouveaux défis, nouveaux acteurs
Antananarivo;Bonn, 2009

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Fondements de la démocratie sociale

Antananarivo;Bonn, 2009

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Dalichau, Oliver; Raveloson, Jean-Aimé A.

Machtkampf in Madagaskar

ersten Ergebnisse der nationalen Tagung
Bonn, 2009

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Dalichau, Oliver; Raveloson, Jean-Aimé A.

Machtkampf in Madagaskar

Staatspräsident Marc Ravalomanana gibt die Macht ab - und nun?
Bonn, 2009

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Africa Department

Contact in Germany

Alexander Rosenplänter

Hiroshimastr. 17
10785 Berlin

+49 30-269 35-74 36

+49 30-269 35-92 17


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Contact in Madagascar

Madagascar Office

Constantin Grund
B.P. 3185
Antananarivo 101

00261 20 2234424

00261 20 2225731


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