Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) was established in 1925 and is the oldest of Germany`s political foundations. It is a private and non-profit organization which is committed to the ideas of social democracy. Its name derives from the first democratically elected German President, Friedrich Ebert, and the foundation continues following his ideals of shaping politics in the spirit of freedom, solidarity and social justice. This is the mandate the foundation has adopted in its programmes for political education, international cooperation as well as scholarship programmes and research.
Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung maintains its own representations in over 100 countries of Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, Europe and North America. Approximately 90 German staff are posted worldwide at present and – with the assistance of numerous local staff – are engaged in the fields of socio-political development and international dialogue. FES spends approximately half of its annual budget on international activities. Its partners come from politics, business, associations, trade unions, academia, and also from the communication sector and cultural institutions.
Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung sees its international activities as a contribution to:
For a detailed overview of our international work, please see the following publication:
Promoting Democracy, Creating Peace, Shaping Globalisation
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