Established in 1925, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung or FES (Stiftung is the German word for Foundation) is the oldest of the German political foundations and a private non-profit institution committed to the ideas of social democracy.
Named after the first democratically elected President, Friedrich Ebert, who died in that year, the foundation carries on his legacy of a political development of freedom, solidarity and social justice. These ideas are reflected in the programs for political education, policy-oriented work, international cooperation, in scholarship programs, and research both within Germany and abroad. Inside Germany the foundation has headoffices in Bonn and Berlin and branch offices on regional or federal state level.
Since 2002, the FES Geneva office functions as part of an overall program of the foundation on "globalisation" under the title "Democratic and Social Structuring of Globalisation". This program benefits from and makes use of the international "network" of the foundation with offices in more than 90 countries worldwide.
Approximately half of the budget of about 100 Million EURO (2001), mainly grants from the German federal and state governments, is used for activities in international cooperation and development. FES operates as an independent, public interest institution within an international "network" of partners and friends, but is also an element of German foreign and development policy.
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