Promoting Democracy and Civic Participation

  • Photo: Fort Hare Autumn School 2016 Group, © FES South Africa

The objective of the Promoting Democracy and Civic Participation working area is to ensure that democratic processes, institutions and actors in South Africa’s political system are strengthened for the purpose of deepening democracy. This is done by supporting projects that enhance the capacity and the accountability of political mandate bearers in political institutions and the public service as well as projects that promote broad community participation and dialogue to ensure that the concepts and values of social democracy have an influence on the public discourse and the political and socioeconomic development of South Africa.


Wednesday, 22.11.17 - University of South Africa (Unisa), 1 Preller St, Muckleneuk, Pretoria | Democracy | Event

Debating democracy and electoral systems

KMM Review Publishing, The Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and the Brigalia Bam Chair for Democracy invite you to attend Debating democracy and electoral...

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Wednesday, 13.09.17 - Guild Theatre, East London | Democracy | Event

Electoral System and Accountability

Dispatch Dialogues. Voting, Power and Accountability

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Recent Publications

Di Paola, Miriam

Trade unions in transformation

An assessment of NUMSA's attempt to develop its political and organisational independence, 2012-2016
Berlin, 2017

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Vetten, Lisa

Political representation makes women's voices heard?

Lessons from South Africa
Maputo, 2017

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South Africa Office

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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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