Welcome to FES South Africa

On this website you will find  information about the work of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) in South Africa. Our office is part of the extensive network of the FES, with more than 100 offices worldwide. The guiding principles of our international work are to promote democracy and development worldwide, contribute to peace and security, help shape globalisation into an inclusive process and support the widening and deepening of the European Union.

In South Africa we contribute to policy dialogues on democracy, on a sustainable social market economy, and on North-South and South-South Cooperation in a globalised world.

We keep you up to date about our publications, events and activities in South Africa and the region. If you have any suggestions or comments or if you want to contact us, please don’t hesitate to send us an email.


Participation, Rules and Responsibility – 3 Pillars for International Cooperation

Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, hosted by the South African Institute of International Affairs, the University of Witwatersrand and the German Embassy in South Africa, cordially invite you to a speech and discussion on “Participation, Rules and Responsibility – Three Pillars for International Cooperation to Strengthen Peace, Security and Welfare in Africa and the World”.

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14 NOV | SWOP Breakfast: Has Democracy Failed Women?

You are warmly invited to the next Society, Work and Development Institute (SWOP) and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung South Africa breakfast seminar, featuring Professor Shireen Hassim, from the Department of Politics of the University of Witwatersrand, who will be delivering a presentation entitled “Has Democracy Failed Women? A Review of Strategies Inside and Outside the State“.


NALEDI: Collective Bargaining Workshop

National Labour and Economic Development Institute’s (NALEDI) mission is to conduct policy-relevant research aimed at building the capacity of the labour movement to effectively engage with the challenges of the new society in South Africa. Formed in 1993, NALEDI is an initiative of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU).


An Overview of South African Foreign Policy in Context

The Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD), supported by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, has developed a handbook to address the practical needs of parliamentarians as they engage with foreign policy. This overview highlights developments in South Africa’s foreign policy since, recent diplomatic issue areas, and aims to provide clarity on key conceptual areas.


New Form of Dispossession in SA: King’s Land Claim in KZN Signals Land Grab for Mineral Rights by Rural Elites

In recent months, it has been reported that the Zulu King, Goodwill Zwelithini, under the auspices of the Ingonyama Trust, is preparing to lodge a massive land claim that will cover much of the land in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. This video shows the panel discussion on the impact of traditional leadership on rural land reform which took place 29 September, 2014 at the Wits Club.