Welcome to FES Zambia
The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) is a German political foundation committed to ideas and basic values of social democracy. Its mission, both at home in Germany and in over 100 countries, is to promote democracy, social justice and development, contribute to peace and security and find inclusive solutions for globalisation and regional integration.
Our office in Lusaka, Zambia
Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung opened its first representation in Zambia in the mid-sixties, shortly after independence. Civic Education, research in socio-economic matters, support of trade unions, of small scale industries and democratic organisations were the areas of operation.
The work of FES in Zambia today generally concentrates on political governance. Believing in a principal functioning of Zambian democracy, we think that the major deficit of this democracy is the lack of checks and balances. Vices in the political system, like corruption and misuse of public funds, the failing of implementation of important policies and programs, the instability of political parties etc., result from an executive, which is not properly monitored and controlled in its activities. We, therefore, believe in empowering those institutions which are in a democracy meant to monitor the executive, which is parliament on the side of the state and Civil Society organisations on the side of society.