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20.11.2017 | Economy of tomorrow | News

“Urban space cannot be fragmented into commodities”

Jakarta (Indonesia) – Using, appropriating and managing the city is at the very heart of our collective existence, says Marco Kusumawijaya, architect,...


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16.11.2017 | Climate change | News

Local projects key to renewable energy push in the Philippines

Manila (Philippines) – The prospect of democratizing energy for Filipino families burns brighter as leaders from local government units gear up for...


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Monday, 13.11.17 to Tuesday, 14.11.17 - Manila, Philippines | Cooperation for Peace and Security | Event, News

The 21st Century Maritime Silk Road and its security implications

Manila (Philippines) – The first of three regional workshops on the 21st century maritime silk road takes place in Manila to address the security...


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Tuesday, 07.11.17 to Wednesday, 08.11.17 | Gender and social justice | News, Event

Strengthening women’s rights advocacy in ASEAN

Manila (Philippines) – Civil society and women’s groups meet to address how women can take centre-stage in the economic and political agenda of the...


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Tuesday, 31.10.17 to Saturday, 04.11.17 - Bangkok - Thailand | Networks for social democracy | News

Politicizing the digital space

Bangkok (Thailand) – Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Asia is bringing together its managerial staff for a workshop on strategic communication in the...


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26.10.2017 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

ASEAN tripartite partners meet to promote stronger social partnership

Manila (Philippines) – In the face of a rapidly-changing labour market, the Regional Tripartite Social Dialogue Conference (RTSDC) was held last week...


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20.10.2017 | Networks for social democracy | News, Event

ASEAN turns 50

A panel by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and the Singapore Embassy discussing the future of the Association of Southeast Asean Nations (ASEAN) on occasion...


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20.10.2017 | Cooperation for Peace and Security | News

Challenges on all fronts: The many dimensions of Myanmar’s multiple transitions

Yangoon (Myanmar) – Will democracy in Myanmar have to live with military prerogatives, tutelary power and civilian-military power-sharing in the times...


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12.10.2017 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

Going the distance: Making trade benefit workers

Geneva (Switzerland) – Global trade has triggered challenges for workers’ rights and how to address them was the focus of a session by...


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12.10.2017 | Climate change | News

"A socially just energy transition involves everybody"

Hanoi (Vietnam) – Renewable energy is likely to become increasingly important to the economies of Asia as they address energy security and...


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10.10.2017 | Gender and social justice | News

Female trade unionists, ready to take over leadership positions

Singapore – Young women rarely hold leadership positions in trade unions, a reality akin to workers organizing across Asia and bound to change with a...


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03.10.2017 | Networks for social democracy | News

Youth and revolutions: The cases of Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines

Youth is once again called to the fore with the rise of authoritarianism in the region, their voices captured by contributors in this year’s second...


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30.09.2017 | Cooperation for Peace and Security | News

China’s Belt and Road Initiative: New possibilities for strategic cooperation?

Amidst new financial and security dependencies arising along China's Silk Road Economic Belt, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) and partners are working...


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26.09.2017 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

Protecting workers' rights in trade

Singapore – A model labour chapter to EU trade agreements and preferences commissioned by FES can pave way to stronger implementation of labour...


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21.09.2017 | Gender and social justice | News

Real changes for women, far from realised

Kathmandu (Nepal) – As Nepal outlaws a discriminatory practice of exiling women during their periods, only concerted effort can turn the country’s...


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20.09.2017 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | Event, News

Making trade benefit workers

Geneva (Switzerland) – Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is hosting a working session at the World Trade Organization Public Forum in Geneva on 27 September...


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19.09.2017 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

Trade unions welcome ASEAN guidelines on CSR, call for strong enforcement mechanism

Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) – Trade unions gathered on 4-5 September 2017 to promote the ASEAN Guidelines for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) on...


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29.08.2017 | Cooperation for Peace and Security | News

Pluralism not dogmatism

Jakarta (Indonesia) – A new book reasserts Indonesia’s tradition of tolerance


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23.08.2017 | Economy of tomorrow | News

Commentary: Digital Transformation, the Future of Work & Society in Asia

New Delhi (India) – We must place inclusiveness at the centre stage of any discussion about the future of work and employment


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22.08.2017 | Gender and social justice | News

Labour mobility in ASEAN: how can women migrant workers benefit?

Jakarta (Indonesia) – A new study is out that formed the basis for discussion of the High-Level Policy Dialogue of ASEAN on the conditions of women...


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20.07.2017 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

The future of the Cambodian garment and footwear Industry

Phnom Penh (Cambodia) – Reforming international trade agreements and preferential schemes are an important tool to overcome serious challenges the...


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14.07.2017 | Climate change, Economy of tomorrow | News

Building a low-carbon city: Experiences from China and Germany

Shanghai (China) – FES and partners in China continue the quest for new strategies to address the challenge of rapidly increasing urbanization and...


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12.07.2017 | Gender and social justice, Cooperation for Peace and Security | News

Joint hearing on women's rights in Afghanistan

Live stream today of the joint hearing on women's rights in Afghanistan at the European Parliament.


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07.07.2017 | Cooperation for Peace and Security | News

“Dialogue is a powerful tool if it leads to cooperation”

Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia) – Interview with Damba Ganbat, organizer of the Ulaanbaatar Dialogue, on the challenges to peace and security in Northeast...


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05.07.2017 | Networks for social democracy | News

Progressive Asia starts with the future

Manila (Philippines) – In this photo story, see how knowledge, skills and values are passed on to future political leaders for a progressive future in...


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04.07.2017 | Networks for social democracy | News

Citizen empowerment after Nepal’s first local elections in 20 years

Beni and Syangja (Nepal) – In two consecutive seminars organized by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) Nepal, citizens discuss state-building at the local...


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30.06.2017 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

Trade doesn’t work for all

Brussels (Belgium) – “Trade agreements are instruments to improve the situation the participating nations find themselves in.”


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27.06.2017 | News, Event

Video: "Missing Links – Making Trade Work for Workers"

Watch the debate at the European Parliament! Panellists, including Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, explore how to strengthen the social...


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23.06.2017 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

Making trade work for workers

Growing discontent with globalisation could turn into backlashes unless the EU brings its trade negotiations in line with its own human rights agenda...


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19.06.2017 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

Workers should get their fair share of the pie

Singapore (Singapore)—A new publication draws attention to the poor working conditions in global supply chains, and the link between trade and labour


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19.06.2017 | Networks for social democracy | News

WE are who we are: Reflections of a young queer feminist

June is LGBT Pride Month when pride marches around the world commemorate the Stonewall riots, which occurred at the end of June 1969, in New York...


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17.06.2017 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

Fair recruitment for migrant workers a shared responsibility

Kathmandu (Nepal) – The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) organized a meeting on improving recruitment...


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16.06.2017 | Gender and social justice | News

New Asia-wide platform for feminist dialogue

Singapore (Singapore)—Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung starts FutureLab to unite feminists across Asia through a regional platform


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15.06.2017 | Climate change | News

"If it can be done there, it can be done here as well!"

Hanoi (Vietnam) – Interview on the challenges and opportunities of an energy transition for Vietnam


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29.05.2017 | Climate change | News

Shaping up for climate action in Asia

To mitigate climate change, Asia needs to undergo a transition towards a low-carbon economy suggests the climate team of FES in Asia, since May with a...


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25.05.2017 | Gender and social justice | News

Gender justice in Thailand: working towards the inclusion of all

Bangkok (Thailand) – Women's rights face ongoing challenges in Thailand, including persistent stereotyping and a range of oppressions, according to a...


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10.05.2017 | Economy of tomorrow | News

Indonesian and German unions exchange tips for a "fair social contract" in the digital age

Jakarta (Indonesia) – The digital economy has consequences for both organized and informal labour, requiring steps by employers, the government and...


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03.05.2017 | Networks for social democracy | News

Concerns over emigration and democracy dominate youth debate in Nepal

Kathmandu (Nepal) – The drain on Nepal’s workforce from emigration and the state of the country’s democracy were among topics raised by at a youth...


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30.04.2017 | Economy of tomorrow | News

Preparing the workforce for the future

On the occasion of the International Workers’ Day, Christopher Ng of UNI Asia & Pacific with a call for an economy where the human and social...


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28.04.2017 | Gender and social justice | News

Interview: The gender pay gap in Pakistan

Islamabad (Pakistan) ― We need to connect and create synergies between the women’s movement and struggles with existing labour movements in the...


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28.04.2017 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

Making just transition a reality

Bangkok (Thailand) ― Historically, tram workers were the first to form a union in Thailand, where today workers share a global challenge, achieving...


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20.04.2017 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

Academy of Work launched to boost trade union training

Dhaka (Bangladesh) ― FES and partners contribute to constructive social partnerships and harmonious industrial relations in the lead up to the Rana...


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03.04.2017 | Economy of tomorrow | News

Bucking the middle-income trap threat

Dhaka (Bangladesh) – At a launch of a new study by FES and partners, experts discuss the Bangladesh transformative journey to avoid a middle-income...


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23.03.2017 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

Crafting CLS+ strategy

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is organising a workshop in Phnom Penh to discuss the next steps of Core Labour Standards Plus (CLS+), a regional project in...


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20.03.2017 | Gender and social justice | News

Unseen Shadows: Migration and the barren lives of Changar

Himachal Pradesh (India)—A short documentary by FES raises awareness about the hardships of women and the families of migrant workers in India.


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20.03.2017 | Cooperation for Peace and Security | News

Rethinking Asia

Tutzing (Germany) ― An expert forum and newly launched publication broach the debate on the security and cooperation implications of China’s Belt and...


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14.03.2017 | Gender and social justice | News

Shaping up for action!

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and its newly formed core group of participants in the regional project “Political Feminism in Asia” will meet for the first...


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08.03.2017 | Gender and social justice | News

“Women are no cars!”

New Delhi (India) – With investments for strong workers organising, gender equality laws and policies to address issues of violence or care work are...


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08.03.2017 | Gender and social justice | News

Fair Homes, Fair Society

Singapore – An op-ed on domestic workers’ rights in Asia reminds us, the political goal of the international women’s movement for equality goes hand...


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08.03.2017 | Gender and social justice | News

Women face double burden

Dhaka (Bangladesh) – The majority of women in Bangladesh still bear the double burden of paid work and unpaid care work.


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03.03.2017 | Cooperation for Peace and Security | News

Building up trade union work

Frankfurt (Germany) ― Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and IG Metall sign a cooperation agreement with Afghanistan’s largest trade union NUAWE.


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02.03.2017 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

Sweatshop smartphones

An op-ed on working conditions in the electronics industry testifies to the urgency for binding and enforceable labour provisions, focus of CLS+, a...


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20.02.2017 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

Global supply chains need global rules!

Singapore ― In a guest contribution for FES on World Day of Social Justice, ITUC General Secretary calls for decent work in supply chains in Asia.


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20.01.2017 | Gender and social justice | News

Another Brick in the Wall

Phnom Penh (Cambodia) – A multi-media project in Cambodia advocates for better working conditions of female construction workers.


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18.01.2017 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

Labour standards are not up for trade

Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) – Experts discuss how to link trade, decent work and shared prosperity in global supply chains, finding that voluntary...


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05.01.2017 | Gender and social justice | News

How big is "Half of the Sky"?

Shanghai (China) - First comprehensive study on Feminism in China is now available to a global audience in English, with a Chinese edition to follow...


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21.12.2016 | Gender and social justice | News

New project: Feminist answers to persisting social inequalities

A looming slowdown of global trade triggers social issues. A comeback of conservatism cements persistent inequalities: Those are the challenges of the...


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20.12.2016 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

Core Labour Standards Plus – No More Trade Deals Without Binding & Enforceable Labour Provision

More spare time, better pay, safer workplaces: The CLS+ project by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Asia aims to better the working conditions for workers...


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30.11.2016 | Climate change | News

Interview: Vietnam says NO to Nuclear Energy

Ha Noi (Vietnam) ― After a change of heart, Vietnam decision-makers halt plans to construct nuclear power plants. Sites were prepared for...


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19.11.2016 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

Online course | Decent work in global supply chains

What are the challenges and opportunities for achieving decent work in global supply chains? How do transnational corporations and their global supply...


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19.11.2016 | Cooperation for Peace and Security | News

New study: India’s role in Afghan’s econ stability

Kabul (Afghanistan) ̶ Amidst the fallout from dwindling international aid, a new role is possible for India in the economic stabilization of...


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28.10.2016 | Economy of tomorrow | News

Challenge Accepted–Shaping the Great Transformation

Seoul (Korea) – Experts from ten Asian countries lead the Economy of Tomorrow (EoT) regional project to the next phase. Amidst changing political...


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23.10.2016 | Economy of tomorrow | News

Robots, Trump, Brexit: Is the global window for development closing?

In the face of economic, ecological and social challenges the Economy of Tomorrow project prepares the shift to a new development path.


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23.10.2016 | Gender and social justice | News

Closing the Gender Gap in Asia

Policies that advance gender equality are central to the work towards social democracy.


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19.10.2016 | Gender and social justice | News

Honour killing debate brings intersection back to the feminist fold

Islamabad (Pakistan) – A study by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung helps rethink strategies and alliances in debates and actions against gender violence.


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30.09.2016 | Economy of tomorrow | News

On the cusp of a New Indo-Europe Dialogue

A two-day meeting is underway where experts from India and Europe weave path for cooperation projects on energy and urban transformation.


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29.09.2016 | Cooperation for Peace and Security | News

New study: energy security in Afghanistan

Kabul (Afghanistan) – A new study charts recommendations for Afghanistan’s energy security in partnership with Central Asian countries.


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29.09.2016 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

From runways to clouds, workers organize

Pokhara (Nepal) — The Asian civil aviation industry is growing alongside a pressing need to organize workers across its different sectors.


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23.09.2016 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

BASF trade unionists in Asia form a network

An Asia-wide BASF regional network takes shape in Singapore as part of an effort to create a sustainable BASF Global Network of trade unionists.


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23.09.2016 | Economy of tomorrow | News

Building an accountable tax system

Sampran (Thailand) – A policy community has been exploring alternative tax models, part of the Economy of Tomorrow project.


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23.09.2016 | Gender and social justice | News

Meanwhile in India: Why all that fuss about Feminism?

New Delhi (India) – Shiva and his consort Parvati* in discussion on feminism in a new comic by FES India to mark the launch of their country study as...


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23.09.2016 | Gender and social justice | News

Political Feminism for Social Justice

Gender equality is a core value of social justice and therefore an essential part of FES programmes.


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23.08.2016 | Climate change | News

Learning to change the system: exchanges at the edge of a coal pitch

August 23, 2016 — FES Asia is part of an international FES delegation to discuss climate justice and social ecological transformation at a global...


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23.07.2016 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

Increasing workers’ protection in ASEM | 10th Asia-Europe Labour Forum

An important mission of the international union movement is to increase its participation in global governance and convey the views and concerns of...


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23.07.2016 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

Social protection for all people in Asia and Europe

The potential of Social Protection Floors to eradicate poverty and to balance economic and social uncertainties has been reaffirmed by its prominent...


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22.07.2016 | Gender and social justice | News

New study: bleak labour future for women in AEC

“Unless targeted measures are taken, women will suffer from gendered inequalities limiting their ability to take full advantage of the opportunities...


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23.06.2016 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

FES Office for Regional Cooperation in Asia welcomes its new Director

The FES Office for Regional Cooperation in Asia welcomes its new Director, Adrienne Woltersdorf. After almost four years, the previous Director Julia...


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23.06.2016 | Cooperation for Peace and Security | News

Voices of Migration from Afghanistan

A new series of publications by FES Afghanistan and the Afghanistan Analysts Network puts in context the security situation of the region with the...


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23.06.2016 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

Young workers in Asia get organised

Young workers affiliated to the International Transport Federation have expressed their concern over the growing trend of precarious work arrangements...


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23.06.2016 | Networks for social democracy | News

Philippines elect new set of leaders

A new period of transition and uncertainty dawns on post-election Philippines where the next president faces challenges of good, effective and...


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23.06.2016 | Gender and social justice | News

Interview: Asia scores low on labour law protection for domestic workers

Over 35% of the domestic workers worldwide are accounted for in Asia where the Philippines remains the only country to ratify international labour...


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23.06.2016 | Networks for social democracy | News

Future Torchbearers for Social Democracy in Southeast Asia

Three young political activists from Southeast Asia share their thoughts about political participation and organizing at a time of a rising economic...


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23.06.2016 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

Workers uniting across gender: priority at BWI’s global conference

In Kathmandu, Building and Woodworkers International and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung bring together women trade unionists to pave the road for...


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06.06.2016 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

FES in Asia links trade and shared prosperity in global supply chains

Securing social and labour standards in global supply chains is a challenge under current trade regimes and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is gearing up...


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23.05.2016 | News

Future Torchbearers for Social Democracy in Southeast Asia

State feminism as enforced by the Communist Party of China (CCP) after the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, has brought enormous...


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10.04.2016 | Cooperation for Peace and Security | News

APG-PPG Planning workshop

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Afghanistan, in collaboration with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Pakistan, organized a two-day planning meeting between the...


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09.04.2016 | Cooperation for Peace and Security | News

Kandahar Media Event encourages debate on security issues

The Afghanistan Policy Group (APG) and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Afghanistan Office organized a talk show in the historic city of Kandahar, in...


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17.03.2016 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

Workshop “Growth First, Social Justice Later? – Addressing Socio-Economic Inequalities in Asia

In this workshop, FES brought together partners and representatives from regional and international organisations, parliaments, trade unions, academic...


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16.03.2016 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

Hard Talk “Growth First, Social Protection Later? – The Social Dimension of Economic Integration in Southeast Asia

At the end of 2015, the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) has become a reality for the region’s 600 million people. The AEC has great potential to...


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03.12.2015 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

9th Asia Europe Labour Forum & 4th Social Partner’s Forum

Lively discussions of representatives from trade union centres from over 20 countries from Asia and Europe with government officials, the European...


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Publications

  • Miranda Schreurs and Julia Balanowski | Climate change | Publication

    Promoting Socially and Economically Just Energy Transformations in Asia

    A comprehensive overview of the most important political and social factors, the commonalities and differences, that drive—but also hamper—socially...

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  • Udai S Mehta, Pratim Bose and Ashwini K Swain | Climate change | Publication

    In Pursuit of a Low Fossil Energy Future

    On the example of India, this publication looks at the political and social factors that drive—but also hamper—socially just energy transitions in...

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  • Koos Neefjes and Dang Thi Thu Hoai | Climate change | Publication

    Towards a socially just energy transition in Viet Nam

    On the example of Vietnam, this publication looks at the political and social factors that drive—but also hamper—socially just energy transitions in...

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