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.


5 – 7 SEPT | Fort Hare Autumn School, September Session 2014

The next Fort Hare Autumn School session for 2014 will take place 5-7 September in Chintsa, Eastern Cape. The purpose of this weekend seminar is to deepen understanding of South Africa’s Education Challenges, Land Issues and Labour Relations, and we would like the students to think critically about the many challenges involved in restoring ‘justice’ due to the complexities involved.


Unions and Social Movements: The Brazilian Experience

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung South Africa office will be present and serve as moderators of a NUMSA seminar addressing the question of whether trade union federations like Cosatu and Nactu should open their membership to social movements, rural organizations, students and community organizations, and the consequences of such membership in strengthening struggles on the shop floor and communities.


10 SEPT | BRICS in Africa: Challenges & Opportunities

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. From a European and German foreign policy perspective, one of the key issues is what challenges and opportunities are related with the increased BRICS engagement in Africa. This is also related to the question whether and what role Germany can play in the relations between the BRICS and Europe.


What Is the Role of the Social Justice Commentator In Public Interest Journalism?

In late July 2014, Steven Friedman provided a lecture on ‘What is the role of the social justice commentator in public interest journalism?’ to the team of writers at the South African Civil Society Information Service (SACSIS) at their reflection workshop. Watch the video here.

From left to right: Romi Reinecke (Programme Manager, FES South Africa),   Dr Dic Lo (SOAS), Prof Alfredo Saad-Filho (SOAS), Prof CP Chandrasekhar (Jawaharlal Nehru University), Prof Susan Spronk (University of Ottawa), Prof Ricardo Torres (University of Havana), Prof Galip Yalman (Middle East Technical University), Dr Nicolas Pons-Vignon (University of the Witwatersrand), Prof Oscar Fernandez (University of Havana), Dr Aurelia Segatti (University of the Witwatersrand), Dr Tim Pringle (SOAS)

‘Structural Change in Emerging Countries’ Authors Workshop

From 21-22 July 2014, FES South Africa held a roundtable discussion with experts on “Structural Change in Emerging Countries”. The outcome was a policy briefing paper which aims to influence European policy towards a more progressive understanding of the structural transformation in emerging countries.

Feminist Table addressing the food crisis and food storage. Women are the guardians of the seeds: "We have the right to good, wholesome food."

Feminist Responses to the Food Crisis

On 4-5 July 2014, participants were invited , by a partnership with the University of Stellenbosch, the Society, Work & Development Institute (SWOP) of the University of Witwatersrand and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, to a two day workshop on, to a two day workshop on “WOMEN AND THE FOOD CRISIS” consisting of inputs, discussions, plenary engagement, film viewing and small groups .


SA’s Chairpersonship of BRICS: From Durban to Fortaleza

The Institute for Global Dialogue associated with UNISA and DIRCO have the pleasure of inviting you to the lecture on SA’s Chairpersonship of BRICS: From Durban to Fortaleza by Ms Maite Nkoana–Mashabane, Minister: International Relations and Cooperation Invitation here: BRICS_IGD UNISA   The Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) platform brings together countries that account for almost […]

SABC News interviews Roberto Bissio, of Social Watch and Instituto del Tercer Mundo, on G77 @ 50 and its implications for the future.

G77 + China @ 50: South Africa/Africa and the changing multilateral diplomacy of the South

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Group of 77 developing countries (G77 + China), the Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD) associated with UNISA, in partnership with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), held an international symposium on:

“G77 + China @ 50: South Africa/Africa and the changing multilateral diplomacy of the South”