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Beirut, Lebanon

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Upcoming Activities

Conference: New Fault Lines in a Changing Middle East, December 4, Crowne Plaza Hotel Beirut

Conference: Free Connected Minds, December 7, Phoenicia Hotel Beirut

Ceremony: LYLOT Graduation, December 13, Beirut

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Friedrich Ebert Stiftung

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) was founded in 1925 as a political legacy of Germany´s first democratically elected president, Friedrich Ebert, to serve the following aims:

• furthering political and social education of individuals from all walks of life in the spirit of democracy and pluralism;
• facilitating access to university education and research for gifted young people by providing scholarships;
• contributing to international understanding and cooperation

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, which was banned by the Nazis in 1933 and re-established in 1947, continues today to pursue these aims in all its extensive activities. As a private cultural non-profit institution, it is committed to the ideas and basic values of social democracy. In Germany, the foundation’s activities focus on the three main pillars of political training and advocacy, research and consultancy as well as educational support and scholarships. Projects in these domains are realized by the conference centers in Bonn and Berlin, various FES academies as well as the regional offices of the FES.

Abroad, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is represented in 70 countries of Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America, where the FES representations with the assistance of local staff are engaged in several projects in the fields of socio-political development and economic and social promotion. FES spends approximately half of its annual budget on international activities. Its partners come from politics, business, associations, trade unions, academia, and also from the communication sector and cultural institutions.

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung contributes with its activities in developing countries most of all to the promotion of peace and dialogue between peoples and its partner countries; the support of democratization of the State and society and the strengthening of civil society, as well as, the improvement of general political, economic and social conditions by reinforcing free trade unions, developing independent media structures, facilitating regional and worldwide cooperation between states and different interest groups, gaining recognition for human rights.

In addition, FES maintains offices in 33 countries of Western Europe, Central and South-East Europe, the CIS countries and also in the USA and Japan. It fosters the dialogue between democratic forces with the aim of bringing about a balance of interests, resolving conflicts and drawing up policy options. It cooperates in this process with partners from various societal groups and organizations, such as trade unions, political parties, educational and research institutions, public administrations, and also city and local governments. In the reform states in the eastern part of Europe, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is involved in supporting the process of democratization, the transition to a market economy and the establishment of a civil society, in particular in the fields of labor market, social, environmental and media policies. It supports these countries in the process of accession to the EU.

Furthermore, the FES contributes to current socio-political debates in and beyond Germany with its journal ”International Politics and Society“ and series of publications in German such as ”Europäische Politik“ and ”Politik Info“. The section “International Policy Analysis” studies questions related to foreign policy, European integration and international economic and societal politics. Practice-oriented research and consulting activities of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Bonn and Berlin provide a forum for a centralized discussion on topics which will be privotal in shaping our society in the future: economic, technological, labor and social policies, as well as on social and contemporary history.

At the same time, the political and academic dialogue on problems of foreign and security policies is promoted. Analyses and potential solutions drawn up at symposia, special-subject conferences and discussion forums are made available to a wider circle of experts from politics, business and academia and to interested citizens by means of a large number of publications. Research on social and contemporary history is dedicated to the historical context of social democracy and trade unions. The Archives of Social Democracy and the library of the FES in Bonn preserve “both the unprinted and printed memory of the labor movement”. The Karl-Marx-House and its study centre in Trier are also part of the historical research activities.

With this wide spectrum of partners and this variety of domains of activity as well as with its locally and internationally dynamic, FES disposes of a unique potential in engaging civil society, political actors and governments into a constructive and innovative dialogue and to effectuate positive change. In order to follow up on how this potential is used and translated into action on the ground, please read more about the FES headquarters, regional offices and overseas departments: more