FRIEDRICH EBERT STIFTUNG (FES)
The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) was founded in 1925 as a political legacy of Germany’s first democratically elected president, Friedrich Ebert.
Ebert, a Social Democrat from a humble crafts background who had risen to hold the highest political office in his country, in response to his own painful experience in political confrontation had proposed the establishment of a foundation to serve the following aims:
– furthering political and social education of individuals from all walks of life in the spirit of democracy and pluralism,
– facilitating access to university education and research for gifted young people by providing scholarships,
– contributing to international understanding and cooperation.
The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, which was banned by the Nazis in 1933 and re-established in 1947, continues today to pursue these aims in all its extensive activities.
As a private cultural non-pro. t institution, it is committed to the ideas and basic values of social democracy.
Politically interested citizens, civil society activists, multipliers with an influence on social reforms, youth and young politicians, multipliers inside parties and parliaments, multipliers in the field of media and culture
Support of democracy and development, promotion of peace and security, expansion and consolidation of the European Union, facilitation of social justice and powerful and free trade unions, advocacy for human rights and gender equality.
Scope of reporting:
Geographic focus: representations of FES in 70 countries of Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America; 33 offices in Western Europe, Central and South-East Europe, the CIS countries and USA and Japan (FES website, Information in English, http://www.fes.de/inhalt/Dokumente_2008/fesenglish.pdf, accessed on 10 July 2008)
Thematic focus: Civil society, Europe, gender policy, trade unions, youth, local affairs, media policy, right-wing extremism (FES website, http://www.fes.de/sets/s_them.htm, accessed on 10 July 2008, translation ACCORD)
International dialogue, organisation of discussion circles, research groups and academic forums, maintenance of a worldwide network of experts from politics, business and academia: parties and trade unions, NGOs, academic and political advise centres, as well as governmental institutions (parliaments and ministries)
There are no regular reports on subjects relevant for COI.
German; overview also in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
Wikipedia: Friedrich Ebert Foundation