The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) was founded in 1925 as a political legacy of Germany´s first democratically elected president, Friedrich Ebert.
Ebert, a Social Democrat from a humble crafts background who had risen to hold the highest political office in his country, in response to his own painful experience in political confrontation had proposed the establishment of a foundation 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.
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.
Learn more and visit the website of FES in Germany.