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. Despite Zambia's positive developments, many challenges still remain.
The FES office in Zambia is currently responsible for three working lines:
- Country Program Zambia
- Southern African Development Community (SADC) Program on Social Compact and Social Justice
- African Wide Program on Rights Based Social Protection
The work of FES in Zambia is focused on democratic statehood, political participation and social justice. 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. The socio political actors are supported to participate in the further development of the democratic standards and to promote a socially just economic and social policy.
The regional SADC program supports social justice though the promotion of minimum standards of social protection and the extension of the social protection floor. The Southern African Social Protection Experts Network www.saspen.org is supported to provide a platform for all relevant stakeholders.
With the African wide program stakeholders are supported to put social security on a legal basis. Social security plays a significant role for development, promotes social justice and is a prerequisite for democratic participation and povery reduction. Through cooperation at continental, regional and national level, options on social security are placed in a wider concept and improved. The activities include government consultations, focused publications, network-based knowledge management and active networking on the stakeholders.