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.
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.
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.
For all those interested in knowing how the ANC might adapt – or die – as well as those with a special interest in political parties and party systems, this book provides the answers.
The Forum for Public Dialogue (FPD), in partnership with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung South Africa office, hosted an author’s workshop for their forthcoming book publication project on the national trade union landscape and the crisis of labour in South Africa.
Featured on Page 2 of The Sowetan newspaper, SACSIS and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung held a panel discussion on rural land reform with a special focus on traditional authorities and their impact on access to land and economic opportunities for South Africa’s rural poor, notably rural women.
SWOP Breakfast Seminars Date: 17 October 2014 Time: 07h30 – 09h00 Venue: Senate Room, 2nd Floor, Senate House, Braamfontein East Campus, Wits You are warmly invited to the next Society, Work and Development Institute (SWOP) and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung South Africa breakfast seminar, featuring Professor Dunbar Moodie (SWOP Honorary Research Associate) who will be delivering a presentation entitled Manhood, Mining and […]
On Wednesday 10 September, the National Labour and Economic Development Institute (NALEDI) in cooperation with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) held a seminar under the theme “The Right to Strike”. The purpose of the half-day seminar was to discuss, explore and interrogate the nature of strikes in South Africa in order to understand and prevent elements of violence.
On 10 September, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in partnership with the South African Embassy in Berlin, held an international symposium and public panel discussion on “BRICS in Africa: German/European and African Prespectives” in Berlin, Germany. One of the key issues for the BRICS-North Partnership is the question of potential complementarities (or competition) of future development mechanisms like the development bank of the BRICS with Northern institutions such as the World Bank and IMF. This is also related to the question whether and what role Germany can play in the relations between the BRICS and Europe.
You are warmly invited to the Society, Work and Development Institute (SWOP) and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung South Africa breakfast seminar, featuring Presenter Asanda Benya (SWOP PhD Fellow) who will be delivering a presentation entitled “Women in Marikana: the invisible hands”.