Friedrich Ebert Stiftung

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Friedrich Ebert Stiftung


The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) is the oldest of Germany’s ‘political foundations‘ and committed to the basic values of social democracy and the labour movement. 

As a private, non-profit educational institution, ‘think tank’ and platform for political dialogue, its mission is to promote democracy, development, social justice and peace through capacity-building, policy research, public dialogue and international exchange.

FES carries out its international activities through a network of currently about 100 offices world-wide, in combination with its headquarters in Berlin and Bonn/Germanyand in close co-operation with its local and international partners. 

The FES office in Namibia was established in 1989 on the eve of the Namibian independence. At present it is staffed with one expatriate and six local full-time employees. 

Before 1989, i.e. during South African apartheid rule in the then South West Africa, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung had already supported in various ways those that struggled against white minority rule and for an independent and democratic Namibia. The establishment of an office was then just a logical step - based on requests by our political partners and motivated by the desire to firstly, support the transition to a non-racial multiparty-democracy and secondly, contribute to the transformation of the Namibian society into a prosperous and just society of equal rights, equal opportunities and a decent living for all.

The items in this collection are taken from open access publication on the LaRRI website. All rights are theirs. 



© Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, The items in this collection are taken from open access publication on the FES website. All rights are theirs.

Collection Items

This book had its genesis in two observations: that democratisation has been the major political trend in Southern Africa since the end of apartheid and the termination of the Cold War (albeit an uneven democratisation that in some cases has even…

The TIPEEG results thus far do not provide reason for too much optimism and the programme is unlikely to reach the targeted 104 000 new (although mostly temporary) jobs. What then are possible options to create thousands of permanent, sustainable and…

Namibia’s experiences with Ramatex to date point to the urgent need to ensure (at the very least) compliance by foreign investors with Namibian laws, regulations, workers’ rights, as well as environmental, health and safety standards. Experiences…

Hubert René Schillinger

Keynote address: the policy dimensions of trade in the SADC region
Ben Turok

Open versus developmental integration – what options for SADC?
Rok Ajulu

Will SADC create a free trade area by 2008 and a…

Since independence SWAPO Party has gone through a transition and transformation process, from a liberation movement to a political party. It is committed to the principle of a multi-party democracy and therefore to multi-partyism as enshrined in the…

In January 2008, a Basic Income Grant (BIG) pilot project began in the Otjivero-Omitara area 100 kilometres east of Windhoek. All residents below the age of 60 years receive a Basic Income Grant of N$100 per person per month, without any conditions…

Proceedings of the Fifth Southern African Forum On Trade (SAFT) held in Pretoria, South Africa, on 6–7 August 2008.

Implementation challenges for the SADC FTA: tariff and non-tariff barriers
Evengelista Mudzonga

Preferential Rules of Origin in…

This report is part of a series of publications on the Basic Income Grant in Namibia. It reflects the results of the Pilot Project in Otjivero-Omitara in particular. This one year report attempts to give an overview over the new findings, and…

Apart from presenting some interesting country case studies, these were the questions we tried to answer at the FES conference organised in February 2011 in Windhoek. Participants included representatives of governments and civil society from eight…
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