Today Friedrich Ebert would have turned 150 years old, and we want to celebrate this milestone birthday with the entire Foundation!
Friedrich Ebert served from 1919 to 1925 as the first President of the Weimar Republic. He advocated the development of parliamentary democracy, viewed himself as the president of all Germans, and was committed to a politics geared to social balance and compromise. In his will, he specified that the proceeds from donations at his funeral should be used to create a foundation. The main concern of FES from then on was to work against discrimination of workers in the area of education.
The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) is the oldest political foundation in Germany with a rich tradition in social democracy dating back to its foundation in 1925. The foundation owes its formation and its mission to the political legacy of its namesake Friedrich Ebert, the first democratically elected German President. The work of our political foundation focuses on the core ideas and values of social democracy – freedom, justice and solidarity.
The work of FES in Zambia is focused on democratic statehood, political participation and social justice. The Foundation in Zambia works together with various socio political actors – governmental, civil society and international institutions - in order to engage in the further development of the democratic standards and to promote a socially just economic and social policy.
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