International Dialogue and cooperation
The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung maintains cooperation offices in about 90 countries and activities in more than 100 countries around the world, including more than 20 OECD countries. At present, some 70 German staff members are posted in these offices in Europe (24), Asia and the Pacific (14), the Middle East and North Africa (7), Subsahara Africa (17), Latin America and the Caribbean (13), and the USA. They coordinate the projects with the assistance of numerous local staff and their back-stoppers in the headquarters. Together with partners from national and local politics, public administration, associations, trade unions, education and research, various social groups and organisations and the media, the FES fosters dialogue among all democratic forces with the aim of bringing about a balance of interests, of deescalating conflicts and developing policy options. Approximately half of the Foundation’s annual budget is spent on these international activities.
Furthermore, the Department for International Policy Analysis studies questions related to foreign policy, European integration and international economic and social politics. Through its papers and periodicals such as "Eurokolleg" and "Politikinformation Osteuropa" and the journals "International Politics and Society" (available in English) and "Nueva Sociedad" (in Spanish), the Foundation contributes to both the internal German and international debates.
The Foundation co-operates closely with the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) with the German trade unions. Internationally FES has long-standing working relations with the UN organisations, international trade union associations, social democratic umbrella organisations and foundations, as well as broadcasting unions and international centres for media development.
In Pakistan, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung began its work in the 1980s in affiliation with Pakistani institutions and opened its own cooperation office in 1990.