Just and Sustainable Socio Economic Transformation

FES supports its partners (government, civil society and trade unions) to develop and implement social democratic policies for an economy based on sustainability, redistributive justice and decent work. The Just and Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation programme is divided into the following key focus areas: industrial policy; social policy; trade unions (labour market); and climate & energy. We focus on heterodox political economy and social policy programmes. Some of our recent major policy interventions include: The National Minimum Wage; National Health Insurance; Living Wage; and Reindustrialisation. FES also places emphasis on building political agency and engagement required for building an alternative egalitarian economy. The main instruments used to achieve this objective are: policy advocacy, training and research. FES supports a participatory and democratic approach in all its activities. 

An Empty Pot at the End of the Rainbow? Trade Unions and Twenty Years of Democracy
Occasional Paper Series

An Empty Pot at the End of the Rainbow? Trade Unions and Twenty Years of Democracy

This paper explores the causes of the crisis in South Africa’s trade union movement. It argues that the impasse is multi-layered, and can be attributed to both structural changes in the country’s political economy and... more

Events

Tuesday, 25.07.17 - Sandton Sun | Socio Economic | Event

Invitation to attend a workshop for the Low Carbon Economy Scenarios

The transition towards a low-carbon economy poses a number of opportunities and challenges. Various policy-makers and stakeholders have highlighted...


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Friday, 21.07.17 - South West Engineering Building (Wits) | Socio Economic | Event

South African Labour Bulletin

Gloomy realities of illegal workers.


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Recent Publications

Vetten, Lisa

Political representation makes women's voices heard?

Lessons from South Africa
Maputo, 2017

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Phillips, Ann L.

A terminal threat to state monopoly on the use of force?

the international search for answers to combating terrorism and violent extremism
Berlin, 2016

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Youth Leadership programme
Youth Project

Youth Leadership programme

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung South Africa believes in the power of young people. It invites 20 aspiring and talented students from Eastern Cape Universities (Fort Hare, Rhodes, NMMU) to the 2016 “Fort Hare Autumn School on Social Democracy and Political Economy” – a leadership programme supplementing the formal academic curriculum of university students.
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