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Friedrich Ebert Stiflung

The Friedrich Ebert Stiflung is a non-stock, non-profit educational foundation which was established in 1925 in the legacy of Friedrich Ebert, the first democratically elected president of Germany and a prominent leader of the Socialist Democratic Party of Germany.

The Foundation cooperates with the developmental institutions and organizations in more that 100 countries, maintain representative offices in more than 75 countries, and has been in the Philippines since 1964.

The task of FES is to educate people from all walks of life in the spirit of democracy; to cultivate international understanding and partnership with developing countries; to support gifted, motivated students and promising young scholars, both German and foreign with scholarships; to conduct and sponsor research projects both within the foundation and outside; and to promote art and culture as elements of vigorous democracy.

FES in the Philippines
Based on the framework of FES International Development Cooperation, the Philippine office aimes for the following:

  • Improvement of socio-economic situation at the community level through competent local governance.
  • Integration of the underprivileged sectors, through their organizations and institutions, in their decision-making processes at the local and national level.
  • Improvement of competence of reform-oriented groups and institutions in reform politics and advocacies in political and civil society reforms.
  • Development of trade union constituencies and their proposals for social and labor reforms.

These main goals bring the work of FES Philippines in the areas of local governance, small enterprise development, development planning, local officials training, LGU-civil society partnerships, NGO-PO capability building, women in politics, agenda setting and advocacy in social, environmental and economic reforms for public sector, women workers in organization, tripartite strategizing on globalization and introduction of the method of applied participatory planning.

The FES also coordinate and occasionally host international projects at European-Asian, Southeast Asian, and the Asia Pacific level based on thematic and training focus.

FES involvement in developmental assistance is characterized by cooperation with partners based on shared principles of social justice in democracy. This is translated to both technical and political exchanges and partnerships.

We focus our work within the dynamism of the relationship between the state and civil society.


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