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Promoting Democracy and Development

FES strengthens democratic institutions and progressive networks to promote development.

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Promoting Social Justice

FES is reinforcing social justice as a key factor for inclusive growth and as a core element of political and economic processes in Asia.

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Struggling for An Alternate Growth Paradigm

FES is building coalitions for a socially just, resilient and green dynamic development path.

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Initiating Peace Dialogues in the Region

FES is working to improve the regional cooperation and to build up mutual trust among key figures from politics and civil society in Afghanistan and its neighboring countries.

Shaping a new model of a socially just, resilient and green dynamic economic growth for the people in Asia.

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Working towards building mutual trust among key figures from politics and civil society in Afghanistan. 

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News & Events



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Seoul Korea

Robots, Trump, Brexit: Is the global window for development closing?

In the face of economic, ecological and social challenges the Economy of Tomorrow project prepares the shift to a new development path. Over forty colleagues from FES offices in Asia, together with subject experts, will meet in Seoul from 10-15 October 2016. Together they will analyse the present global trends marked by a shrinking space for export-led growth opportunities and rise of digital...

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Singapore Singapore

Closing the Gender Gap in Asia

Policies that advance gender equality are central to the work towards social democracy. Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in partnership with the Network of Social Democracy in Asia-SOCDEM Asia, and the Olof Palme International Center are organizing a two day conference in Singapore, Closing the Gender Gap: A Conference on Feminism.   Over two days starting 14 October, women leaders, policy-makers and activists from across Asia-Pacific and beyond will...

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Global supply chains need global rules!

Singapore ― In a guest contribution for FES on World Day of Social Justice, ITUC General Secretary calls for decent work in supply...

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Another Brick in the Wall

Phnom Penh (Cambodia) – A multi-media project in Cambodia advocates for better working conditions of female construction workers Zinc fences...

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global supply chains, FES, Vietnam, Southeast Asia, Europe

Labour standards are not up for trade

Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) – Experts discuss how to link trade, decent work and shared prosperity in global supply...

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How big is “Half of the Sky”?

Shanghai (China) ― First comprehensive study on Feminism in China is now available to a global audience in English, with...

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Our Work in Videos

Since the beginning of FES’ work in South, Southeast and East Asia nearly 50 years ago, FES has been focusing on promoting democracy and strengthening the social dimension of economic development.