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For decades, the FES has acted as a partner to German foreign and developmental policy. Here, our top priority has always been on the promotion of social justice, democracy, peace and security. Worldwide, we aim to strengthen the forces of democracy, including the next generation of young politicians. In Europe, we work towards shaping the future of the European Union and fostering the acceptance of the European idea.
An essential task of our international work is the support of independent unions. Without them, a social-ecological transformation and a just, sustainable and democratic economic system cannot be put into practice. In the course of this, we represent the interests of the German Trade Union Confederation (Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund, DGB) and its member unions abroad.
The ability to connect key players is a particular strength of our international network, comprised of over 100 FES offices. In regional and global projects we develop comprehensive, transnational concepts, for example in the fields of foreign and security policy or climate and energy policy. With our platforms for dialogue, publications and consultations in Germany, we are making a contribution towards enabling the coordination of political analysis, debate and action.
Information on quality management and evaluations of our international work is availablehere (in German).
Division International Dialogue
Departments Central & Eastern Europe, Western Europe & North America, International Policy Analysis
Head of Division
Dr. Alexander Kallweit
Division International Development Cooperation
Departments Africa, Middle East & North Africa, Asia & Pacific, Latin America & the Carribean, Global Policy & Development
Head of Division
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The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung has been promoting the values of the Social Democracy in Africa for over 40 years. We work for social justice, democracy, peace and international solidarity on the continent. The FES has encouraged and nurtured political exchange between Africa, Germany and Europe for many years, acting as partner to political parties, parliaments, trade unions, media, civil society groups and the interested public.
For over 30 years, the FES in Asia has worked towards a stable and secure development as well as a deepening of understanding between Germany, Europe and Asia. This is also in Germany's and Europe's interest, as nowadays, local and regional crises have global consequences more than ever.
Almost three decades ago, the political map of Eastern Europe was redrawn – and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung was there from the beginning. In 1989, the office in Moscow was opened, followed in 1990 by the one in Warsaw. Today, the FES is represented by 27 offices in the region.
For over 50 years, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung has been promoting the values of Social Democracy in Latin America and the Caribbean. Across its network of 18 offices, the FES advocates for social justice, democracy, peace and international solidarity in 21 countries. Its partners are political parties, parliaments, unions, media and civil society groups.
Since the beginning of the 1960s, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung has been advocating the values and ideas of Social Democracy in the Middle East, as well as North Africa. The FES commands a network of 11 offices that realize projects in 14 countries of this region. At these offices, 15 posted staff from Germany work together with 104 colleagues from the respective countries. The Middle East and North Africa department at FES Berlin has a staff of 13 employees.
The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung's International Dialogue Division promotes the dialogue with partners in Europe, the USA and Canada, Turkey and Japan. Whether economic, social or political – nowadays, almost every sphere is influenced by European and global developments. Global networks create new opportunities for international cooperation, but also lead to new challenges.
In the 21st Century the world is confronted with many challenges. Social inequality is on the rise, natural resources are being exploited unchecked. Many societies are disrupted by corruption, violence and war. In order to deal with these problems, a deep structural change on an economic, ecological and social level is needed. This change must also put democratic participation and civil conflict resolutions front and center.
International Policy Analysis (IPA) is part of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung's international work. In our publications and studies, we address key issues concerning European and international policy, economy and society. We aim at developing policy recommendations and scenarios from a Social Democratic perspective.
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We debate on how Europe can – and must – be shaped in a way that is democratic, social in its economy and reliable in its foreign policy.
The representation of worker's interests can only function successfully if it is representative, democratic, independent, competent and effective. The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung strengthens trade unions and other forms of organization all over the world.
People flee from wars, discrimination, poverty or climate change. This offers opportunities and challenges – from the global down to the local level. How do we deal with this? (Picture: picture alliance/dpa)
How can other states' reform experiences be used for and in Germany? We analyze political coalition blocs, as well as current political issues and offer country analyses.
Through discussions, workshops, readings, film screenings and exhibitions taking place within the framework of this year's "International Week of Justice", we want to explore ways of making the word more just.
Publications are a central instrument of our international work. The international FES offices and departments in Berlin regularly publish analyses and studies, assessments, policy documents and briefings on current issues and questions.
Current publications can be found in our list of new releases.
You are interested in a certain country or region? You can find a clearly organized list of all FES publications here.
All our international publications can be found and downloaded free of cost in our Digital Library.