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29.06.2022 | New Geopolitics of Asia | News

The Asia-Pacific is one of the most strategically contested areas on the globe. The superpower confrontation comes with a multitude of challenges and…


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27.06.2022 | Future of Work | News

The polarization between formal and informal workers lately received wide attention in South Korea. Our FES Korea Office took a closer look at the…


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21.06.2022 | New Geopolitics of Asia | News

Lay Hwee Yeo answers questions about the larger implications of the war in Ukraine on the Asia-Pacific region.


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14.06.2022 | New Geopolitics of Asia | News

Charmaine Misalucha-Willougby answers questions about the larger implications of the war in Ukraine on the Asia-Pacific region.


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07.06.2022 | New Geopolitics of Asia | News

Raja Mohan answers four questions about the larger implications of the war in Ukraine on the Asia-Pacific region.


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Wednesday, 22.06.2022 - Friday, 24.06.2022 | Climate change | Event

Register to join practitioners, policymakers and researchers from across Asia in a discussion of challenges and opportunities for transforming cities…


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24.05.2022 | Gender Justice | News

With spaces for dialogues and leadership expanding in government and civil society, women in the Philippines have taken up the role of peace leaders…


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18.05.2022 | New Geopolitics of Asia | News

Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry shares his views on the developments in Afghanistan and the role of the international community since the Taliban…


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12.05.2022 | Climate change | News

Rural and urban areas are connected in ways that cannot be dissolved or ignored. They are economically, socially, and environmentally interlinked…


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02.05.2022 | Future of Work | News

Platform work is providing much needed employment to many. But bereft of decent working conditions, blue collar workers in the digital economy are…


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| Gender Justice | News

Opportunities and threats of digitalization for women in the COVID-19 crisis. Reflections from Asia as part of the FES W7-blog.


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20.04.2022 | Climate change | News

FES Philippines forms Youth for Just Transition Network to engage young people from different backgrounds in the shift from coal to renewable energy.


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07.04.2022 | Gender Justice | News
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The lack of women's representation in political news coverage is global. But journalists and newsrooms in Mongolia have started to work to break the…


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| Future of Work, Gender Justice | News

The COVID19-crisis has revealed multiple fault-lines, yet these could also be seen as opportunities for identification of changes to help women cope…


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30.03.2022 | New Geopolitics of Asia | News

Together with its partners, FES brought together some of Nepal’s most prominent thought-leaders and politicians to discuss the country’s current state…


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16.03.2022 | Climate change | News

Sustainable urban mobility always involves several trade-offs: between comfort and pollution, between private and public transport, and others. A…


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08.03.2022 | Climate change | News
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Women and girls represent half of the world’s population, yet their invaluable contributions in tackling climate change are still unrecognized. This…


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24.02.2022 | Climate change | News
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Rapid urbanisation in Chennai is leaving the city's vulnerable susceptible to effects of unplanned growth and climate change.


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16.02.2022 | Gender Justice | News
A woman selling fruits, vegetables and toys on a sidewalk of a street in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Vietnam has made great efforts in providing a comprehensive legal framework to protect women's and children's rights. But violence against women and…


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03.02.2022 | Future of Work | News
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"For trade unions to be key players in this changing world of work, they need to understand and reflect the workforce they represent," argues Marta…


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26.01.2022 | Climate change | News
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As one of the world's most congested cities, Metro Manila faces increasing challenges to its urban development, highlighting issues of livability and…


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17.01.2022 | Future of Work | News

The rapid growth of ride-hailing and other app-based services has changed discussions around workers' rights globally. A new FES research analyses…


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11.01.2022 | Networks for social democracy | News

Education in Asia is becoming increasingly privatised and commercialised. To learn more about the impacts and future trends of the sector,…


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20.12.2021 | New Geopolitics of Asia | News

India has become a major player in world affairs. It is in the midst of a geopolitical repositioning as it navigates its place in the evolving…


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15.12.2021 | News

FES-supported study from Malaysia uses empirical data to illustrate and analyze a fascinating example of a country in Asia, in which the majority…


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09.12.2021 | New Geopolitics of Asia | News

2021 marked the launch of the new FES Asia geopolitics programme. A key pillar is the FES Asia Strategic Foresight Group, an interdisciplinary network…


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02.12.2021 | New Geopolitics of Asia | News

The COVID-19 pandemic has been eroding multilateralism and connectivity; principles that are needed the most to ensure a rapid and just recovery.…


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Over the last decade, Asia has seen enormous physical and digital infrastructure connectivity projects. They have become both key pillars and levers…


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23.11.2021 | News

Fascination with auspicious numbers is common in Asian cultures. In Mongolia, phone numbers have become a symbol of the widening gap between the rich…


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19.11.2021 | Climate change | News

Hanoi's migrant manual workers keep the city running, but their already precarious work and living conditions have worsened during the pandemic.


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11.11.2021 | Climate change | News

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Asia launches an interactive map that lets viewers explore the current state of social and ecological development in eight…


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09.11.2021 | Networks for social democracy | News

Despite numerous movements for freedom, justice and equality, Nepal is still struggling to consolidate its new democratic system.


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By the evening of 1 November 2021, India had captured the spotlight in Glasgow. The country announced a new net zero target by 2070, which meant that…


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| Climate change | News

President of Indonesia Joko Widodo called for global collaboration to tackle climate change during COP26, highlighting the need for more climate…


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03.11.2021 | New Geopolitics of Asia | News

Bangladesh is emerging as an important player in Asia’s new geopolitical theatre. FES and its partners invited some of the country’s top thought…


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| Climate change | News

The UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) is a chance for Vietnam to show its commitment to addressing climate change. Despite the country’s long-term…


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28.10.2021 | Future of Work | News

Since the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) came into force on 1 August 2020, Vietnam’s significant garment and footwear sector has been working…


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22.10.2021 | New Geopolitics of Asia | News

The announcement of AUKUS consolidates a security-led conception of the Indo-Pacific over more prosperity-focused ideas championed for example by the…


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20.10.2021 | Climate change, Gender Justice | News

Integrating feminist priorities into city planning is essential, not just for gender equity, but also for climate resilience and wider sustainability.…


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19.10.2021 | New Geopolitics of Asia | News

Southeast Asia’s second most populous country is a flashpoint in the new geopolitics and geoeconomics of Asia. Filipino thought leaders and change…


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15.10.2021 | New Geopolitics of Asia | News

Most ASEAN countries are rather reluctant to choose sides in the intensifying geopolitical rivalry between China and the United States. There is a…


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11.10.2021 | New Geopolitics of Asia | News

The pandemic has not only led to considerable losses in terms of health on a global scale but also caused unprecedented damage to the global economy…


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08.10.2021 | New Geopolitics of Asia | News

A European Indo-Pacific strategy that widens options for the regional actors is welcomed by New Delhi. The same can be said of AUKUS though explicit…


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30.09.2021 | Climate change | News

South Korea is deemed to be relatively behind on climate policy. So much so that the country was considered a “climate villain” by international…


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27.09.2021 | Future of Work | News

Migrant workers from the Philippines leave home full of hopes and dreams; unknown to them are hidden costs of migration that can break their spirit.…


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15.09.2021 | Climate change | News

Our regional climate and energy project in Asia brought together practitioners, policy-makers and researchers to discuss common challenges and…


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As geopolitical rivalry intensifies in both traditional and non-traditional domains, leadership around AI, emerging technologies and the increased…


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13.08.2021 | Networks for social democracy | News

FES Indonesia hosts capacity building for young people aiming to enhance awareness on key social, political and cultural issues, while equipping them…


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A year and a half into the pandemic, the systemic implications of the crisis are engendering major shifts and, some will argue, sowed the seeds for…


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Together with Ariunzaya Aysuh, Mongolia’s Minister of Labour and Social Protection, we discuss the challenges and successes in fighting the COVID-19…


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15.06.2021 | Future of Work, Economy of tomorrow | News

On 11 June, Germany passed a much-debated act on due diligence in global supply chains. Frederike Boll writes about the power of alliances, the key…


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14.06.2021 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

The tourism sector of Nepal has been decimated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Workers and unions call for more financial support and a boost for domestic…


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08.06.2021 | Networks for social democracy | News

Indonesia has answered the age-old question of how to ensure cooperation across a diverse population, by using a set of principles derived from the…


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In this episode, Jomo Kwame Sundaram, one of Malaysia's leading experts on the political economy of development, takes a closer look at the social and…


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01.06.2021 | News

The South Korean population is ageing faster than any other in the world. Who bears the responsibility for the problem, and for fixing it, is hotly…


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26.05.2021 | Climate change | News

The announcement by Asia’s leading development bank to exit from financing fossil fuels made global headlines. While it would be a major step for a…


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| New Geopolitics of Asia | News

Small and landlocked states have their own unique set of challenges, but also opportunities, especially when caught in the midst of global power…


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20.05.2021 | Gender Justice | News

Worsening security conditions and societal polarization pose a risk to modest gains for gender justice. We explored three critical aspects.


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17.05.2021 | News

As the schools were shut down, the government opted to replace in-class learning with various means of distance education. This has revealed the…


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12.05.2021 | New Geopolitics of Asia | News

Greater Eurasia has always been subject to great power rivalries. A new map by FES puts the often-confusing multitude of smaller clashes, economic…


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10.05.2021 | Future of Work | News

Over the past year, FES worked together with 20 researchers from across Asia to analyse the challenges of workers in the region and develop visions…


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04.05.2021 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

For four years, the Academy of Work has been training the next generation of trade union leaders in Bangladesh.


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In our new season’s opening episode, we take a closer look at the latest developments in Afghanistan – the COVID-19 crisis, a difficult peace process,…


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25.03.2021 | Gender Justice | News

Indian women’s participation in the labour market is low and falling, despite numerous policies and interventions from government and other agencies.…


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19.03.2021 | Climate change | News

While many parts of the world are shifting away from fossil fuels, Southeast Asia remains a hot spot for coal expansion. A new report by Climate…


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16.03.2021 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

Looking at the past to find changing meanings of the ‘labour movement’: Historian Sakdina Chatrakul Na Ayudhya takes a close look at the history of…


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11.03.2021 | Cooperation for Peace and Security | News

A new online director’s guide walks you through “The Things Imprisoned in the World of Words”, an exhibition about South Korea’s National Security…


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04.03.2021 | Economy of tomorrow | News

Bangladesh has no shortage of bright young people keen to boost the country’s development. But many lack the research and specific presentation skills…


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01.03.2021 | News

Participants from across Mongolia collect crucial data in an Open Street Mapping project in an effort to make health and essential services available…


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23.02.2021 | Climate change | News

China’s recent commitment to reaching carbon neutrality by 2060 sends a powerful message, not only about what the country thinks it can achieve with…


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05.02.2021 | Trade, labour and social dialogue, Economy of tomorrow | News

The line between using technology to manage workers and using technology to control workers is a thin one. In an interview with FES, labour expert Dr…


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Together with Christina Colclough, we talk about algorithmic decision-making and ways forward for the labour movement in the Asia-Pacific region.


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21.01.2021 | Networks for social democracy | News

The FES Nepal team spoke with the first resident director, Heinz Bongartz, about opening the FES office in Kathmandu and the role of social democracy…


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We explore themes of social justice and the changes required in the global order to ensure a more equitable and just society during and after the…


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14.01.2021 | Gender Justice | News

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted billions of lives around the world. But the crisis is hitting already-vulnerable women and girls in several new…


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08.01.2021 | Climate change | News

Energy is first and foremost a human-impact story; however, Vietnamese journalists have so far been focussing on its technical and business angles. If…


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29.12.2020 | Gender Justice | News

1995 marked a seminal year in the global fight for gender equality. How far have China and Germany come, and what remains to be done?


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22.12.2020 | Economy of tomorrow | News

Mongolia strives to play a leading role in the digitalization of government. Find out how in our interview with Anar Bayarsaikhan, the Director of the…


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We take a closer look at the impact of COVID-19 on Southeast Asia, multilateralism and how the region is tackling the economic, security and strategic…


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16.12.2020 | News

The Institute of Politics and Governance (IPG) in the Philippines explores ways to continue supporting good governance through people’s participation…


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10.12.2020 | Economy of tomorrow | News

Big data, mobile connectivity and artificial intelligence are dominating the daily lives of Indians faster than some predicted. But is the country…


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Today's double episode with Dr. Bärbel Kofler and Farzana Nawaz focusses on workers' rights along global supply chains.


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23.11.2020 | Gender Justice | News

It is high time to act and re-imagine our digital future in Asia.


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| Climate change, Gender Justice | News

For the shift from fossil fuels towards renewable energies to be genuinely sustainable on both the environmental and social levels, it needs to be…


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04.11.2020 | Climate change, Gender Justice | News

Watch the presentation of our four keynote speakers from our series on gender and energy.


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31.10.2020 | Climate change, Economy of tomorrow | News

Environmental disasters, a worldwide pandemic, looming recession and political turmoil shape Asia’s metropolises, making it clear why future cities…


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27.10.2020 | Climate change | News

Revisit the findings of our regional research and learn more about social-ecological transformation in Asia!


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23.10.2020 | News
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An analysis of the US-China rivalry in Southeast Asia.


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20.10.2020 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

What are the challenges and opportunities facing organized labour in Bangladesh? We spoke with civil society leader Shakil Ahmed.


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15.10.2020 | Economy of tomorrow | News

An analysis of the implications for Southeast Asia by Dr. Ngeow Chow Bing.


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We are looking into China’s changing Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and its complex relations with its neighbours as well as the EU.


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03.10.2020 | Cooperation for Peace and Security | News

It has been 30 years since the fall of the Berlin wall. FES Korea explored the significance of the German reunification for the Korean peninsula.


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23.09.2020 | Gender Justice | News

Many households in bustling Indian cities rely on domestic workers. These workers perform arduous tasks, yet they suffer from low wages, unregulated…


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21.09.2020 | Cooperation for Peace and Security | News

More than 350 South Korean and international civil society organizations, including the Korea office of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, have launched a…


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We explore India’s changing foreign and security policy in its neighborhood, its complex relations with China and the role of the European Union with…


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28.08.2020 | News

Our inaugural episode discusses the notion that we are living in an “Asian Century”. In an interview with the international bestselling author Dr…


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27.08.2020 | Networks for social democracy | News

A festival in North Sumatra brings together the region’s engaged youth each year under the principles of create – collaborate – celebrate. Now in its…


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19.08.2020 | Climate change | News
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During lockdown, FES Philippines produced “Can We Cool Down The Earth” - an audiobook on climate change aimed at children, voiced by young…


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05.08.2020 | Economy of tomorrow | News

Developing the platform economy has been a major agenda of the Thai government since 2016, but the chances of its realization are looking gloomy in…


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17.07.2020 | Cooperation for Peace and Security | News

In the past months, Afghan policymakers and civil society have found themselves again in a “fog of talks” with representatives of the Taliban…


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13.07.2020 | News

On 24 June 2020, the ruling centre-left Mongolian People’s Party (MPP) defended its super majority. One of the reasons for the MPP’s success was the…


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02.07.2020 | Cooperation for Peace and Security | News

The Afghan peace process is at a crossroads. Violence is escalating, human rights workers and civilians are targeted, and rights abuses are…


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19.06.2020 | #FeministAsia, Gender Justice | News

Human survival requires care work, yet paid and unpaid care work still lack recognition. An FES working group on the future of the care economy has…


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08.04.2020 | Cooperation for Peace and Security | News

China has become Indonesia’s largest trading partner and its third largest foreign investor. Indonesia’s Global Maritime Fulcrum and China’s Belt Road…


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Wednesday, 22.04.2020 | #FeministAsia, Gender Justice | Event

Web discussion hosted by FES Asia, WIDE+ and IT for Change with more than 100 participants from across the region.


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01.04.2020 | Cooperation for Peace and Security | News

China’s geopolitics and geoeconomics are challenged by democratic transformation. Looking closely at the example of Malaysia, Sergio Grassi, analyses…


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24.03.2020 | Gender Justice, #FeministAsia | News

Payal Arora, author of “The Next Billion Users. Digital Life beyond the West” shares her views on digital justice and how it relates to the digital…


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17.03.2020 | News

Bangladesh’s higher education is deteriorating. Extensive reforms are necessary for universities to better respond to the demands of the labour…


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11.03.2020 | #CLSPlus, Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

Lifelong learning and vocational training are at the center of the the Regional Tripartite Social Dialogue Conference (RTSDC), held for the 10th time…


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06.03.2020 | #CLSPlus, Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

To make decent working conditions and inclusive development a reality for all, industrial policy can play a key role in the Asia-Pacific region.


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28.02.2020 | #FeministAsia, Gender Justice | News

Eight country studies shed light on the challenges and chances the 4th Industrial Revolution poses for female labourers.


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08.01.2020 | Climate change | News

As governments show insufficient signs of comprehensively addressing the climate emergency, civil society must step up efforts to make sure their…


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18.12.2019 | Gender Justice | News

In a future for all, women will need to have meaningful access and opportunities to join the digital economy. FES partners met in Singapore to explore…


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27.11.2019 | Gender Justice, #FeministAsia | News

FES partners address the emerging care crisis and think of innovations in Asia.


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22.11.2019 | Economy of tomorrow | News

A Bangladeshi delegation explores small and medium enterprises in Stuttgart.


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05.11.2019 | Climate change | News

Interview with Gotelind Alber on a genuine gender-sensitive climate transition for Southeast Asia.


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04.11.2019 | Networks for social democracy | News

India is known for its frugal innovations and ground-up development models. Through their work, the partners of FES have been pioneering social…


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03.11.2019 | Networks for social democracy | News

For Dendev Terbishdagva, November 9, 1989 was just another day at work as lecturer in Bernau, East Berlin. Until the news came that the Wall was there…


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28.10.2019 | Economy of tomorrow | News

Urbanists from Europe and Asia are facing some of the same challenges, but from often quite different angles. Experts from nine Asian countries…


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21.10.2019 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

The extractive industry in Mongolia is making huge money for multinationals, but tax avoidance means this wealth is not translating into investments…


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11.10.2019 | Economy of tomorrow | News

If urban development is led by communities it can make cities—and the wider economy—more inclusive and socially just. Indonesian urbanists discussed…


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11.10.2019 | Gender Justice, #FeministAsia | News

Policies need to address the rising need for care and to ensure decent work in the care economy of Asia.


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03.10.2019 | #CLSPlus, Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

Developing countries must do more than boost exports if they hope to improve workers’ lives. But which industrial policies have proven best at…


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17.09.2019 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

Two years after the first Academy of Work in Bangladesh, trainers have restyled the programme to better respond to the challenges of organized labour…


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27.08.2019 | #FeministAsia, Gender Justice | News

The technological changes sweeping the world of work have particular implications for women. Specialists from across Asia have selected two areas to…


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24.07.2019 | Climate change | News

A greater emphasis on renewable energy could benefit the people and the economy as well as the environment in Vietnam.


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24.06.2019 | Gender Justice, #FeministAsia | News

Ageing populations, technology advancements, climate change and the rise of non-standard jobs complicate further the grim outlook of the labour market…


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14.06.2019 | Gender Justice | News

In Asia the main priority for domestic workers is still to be recognized as workers.


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07.06.2019 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

For a trade deal to be fair, it must benefit workers all along the supply chain. To make sure this happens, workers must have a say in policies and…


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03.06.2019 | Climate change | News

A look at the county’s persistently popular but problematic power source.


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31.05.2019 | Networks for social democracy | News

A participatory higher education system and a prosperous and socially just labour market are at the core of the ongoing work by the Dhaka-based team…


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30.05.2019 | Economy of tomorrow | News

India shares many development challenges with other countries, in particular regarding the energy transition and its environmental sustainability.…


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30.04.2019 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

In a changing world of work we need to recognize that all workers are workers, whether formal or informal, entitled to rights at work that guarantee…


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29.04.2019 | #FeministAsia, Gender Justice | News

At a regional dialogue in Dhaka, feminists, political economist and women’s rights and labour activists focus on recognition of care work and stronger…


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11.04.2019 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

The right to freely associate, bargain and be free from discrimination for exercising labour rights should continue to form the cornerstone of a…


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05.04.2019 | #FeministAsia, Gender Justice | News

Bringing the women’s and workers’ movements together is a challenging task that one of the working groups as part of a regional project on feminism in…


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03.04.2019 | Networks for social democracy | News

A mediator and platform for exchange in Nepal through several periods of conflict and reform since the 1990s, FES is facilitating to build trust…


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25.03.2019 | Climate change | News

Shifting spotlight from economic growth to the well-being of humans and nature can contribute to reduced carbon pressure on the Planet, better trade…


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18.02.2019 | #FeministAsia, Gender Justice | News

A movie-rating app developed by a group of feminists from across Asia aims to give space for feminist critique of the mainstream movie industry in the…


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01.02.2019 | Economy of tomorrow | News

The large cities of Indonesia and Malaysia are no exception to the trend or rising poor and massive shortage in affordable housing and public…


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26.01.2019 | Networks for social democracy | News

Hate speech is rife on local news websites in Mongolia amid a lack of self-regulation of the newsroom and of media literacy among the public.


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15.01.2019 | Economy of tomorrow | News

A German delegation hosted by FES, visited Singapore to find out how the city state uses technology for creating a liveable city.


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17.12.2018 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

A first-person's account on the labour conditions in the shrimp industry in the Andaman Sea.


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16.12.2018 | Networks for social democracy | News

At a high-level ministerial meeting in Berlin, representatives of Germany and Indonesia back stronger international cooperation to tackle migration by…


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10.12.2018 | Gender Justice | News

Myanmar activist Nandar draws attention to violence against the female body through her work as translator and performer.


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21.11.2018 | #FeministAsia, Gender Justice | News

The feminist network Political Feminism in Asia, a regional project by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, met in Penang to deliberate direction for joint…


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13.11.2018 | Gender Justice | News

Comics are a serious and an entertaining medium that can boost efforts to address the complex topics of feminism and the future of work.


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12.11.2018 | Networks for social democracy | News

Through a series of policy workshops in Mongolia, young political party supporters receive hands-on experience to work together and develop policy…


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07.11.2018 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

The ongoing revision of Vietnam’s Labour Code is an opportunity to ensure workers’ rights are better protected in the economy of the 21st Century.


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02.11.2018 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

Campaigns around mega-sporting events can support trade union work in the fight for better working conditions for migrant workers.


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Policies promoting the digital economy and transformation of manufacturing must incorporate the social and ecological interests, including those of…


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24.10.2018 | Climate change | News

FES Vietnam promotes collaborations to achieve fairness and leave no one behind in Vietnam’s energy shift.


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16.10.2018 | Economy of tomorrow | News

Smart factories and AI-augmented services have potential to cause massive disruption in the labour-intensive manufacturing and services sectors of…


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15.10.2018 | Trade, labour and social dialogue, #CLSPlus | News

The use of targeted sanction solves the main problem with blanket sanctions—the indiscriminate impact—while preserving the most advantageous feature:…


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11.10.2018 | #CLSPlus, Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

Applying targeted sanctions to enforce labour standards in trade agreements and trade preferences can improve the incentive for compliance.


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10.10.2018 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

Technological innovation is changing the way business is managed and how work is organized, raising concerns for workers in all ten ASEAN countries.


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04.10.2018 | Cooperation for Peace and Security | News

Initially embracing the opportunity to participate in China’s BRI, Myanmar is now sounding a note of caution about its exposure to Beijing’s projects…


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29.09.2018 | Cooperation for Peace and Security | News

A more articulate vision for a stable and secure Eurasia can act as the baseline for all EU endeavours with regard to proposals such as the Belt and…


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20.09.2018 | Networks for social democracy | News

In Timor Leste, progressive quotas for women in government are opening up new avenues for women in politics .


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10.09.2018 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

In Vietnam, a rights group works to ensure that the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement safeguards labour and environmental standards laid out by EU and…


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26.07.2018 | Networks for social democracy | News

The globalization of work, the tectonic shifts in geopolitics, and climate change are all having an impact on the archipelagic South-East Asian nation…


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25.07.2018 | Gender Justice, #FeministAsia | News

FES helps building new alliances that can bring feminist visions into the mainstream.


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10.07.2018 | Climate change | News

At a recent workshop in Vietnam, stakeholders explore how to bring together the work on climate governance and the implementation of the Paris…


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09.07.2018 | Networks for social democracy | News

The FES office in Singapore is the hub for the organization’s operations across Asia, which cover 14 country offices and 15 programmes as of June…


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04.07.2018 | Networks for social democracy | News

Fifty years ago FES first established a base in Indonesia where today it works with local partners on a range of topics, from pathways to fair…


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26.06.2018 | Cooperation for Peace and Security | News

An annual summit in Mongolia can serve as a platform for dialogue over the Korean Peninsula, in particular in the wake of the Kim-Trump summit in…


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19.06.2018 | Economy of tomorrow | News

What lies behind the looming crisis over the future of jobs and how might it might impact the politics of India in 2019?


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07.06.2018 | Networks for social democracy | News

With an office in New Delhi since 1981, FES has been active in India for 40 years, building platforms of mutual trust for open debate and exchange of…


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31.05.2018 | Networks for social democracy | News

Undergraduate students from Hanoi explore alternative concepts of tourism and discuss the social and economic impacts of mainstream tourism on local…


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24.05.2018 | Networks for social democracy | News

Supporting narratives for economic transformation and people’s awareness about the links between domestic and regional questions, FES Pakistan works…


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15.05.2018 | Trade, labour and social dialogue, #CLSPlus | News

Trade unions are developing strategies to address the harm a new generation of trade agreements may have on workers and access to public services in…


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10.05.2018 | Economy of tomorrow | News

Ride-share platforms have been causing conflict in recent years between workers using the platform and traditional drivers in Thailand’s second city…


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27.04.2018 | Gender Justice | News

Shalini Sinha of WIEGO, a global network focused on securing livelihoods for the working poor, talks about the need to think outside the box when it…


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23.04.2018 | Networks for social democracy | News

More than 40 years now, FES has been working in Thailand, a land of contrasts and rapid transformation.


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19.04.2018 | Cooperation for Peace and Security | News

Berlin (Germany) – FES hosts the Afghan National Security Advisor for a high-level public debate in Berlin to discuss the political peace process and…


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16.04.2018 | Cooperation for Peace and Security | News

China's ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has given rise to both hopes and concerns among its stakeholders along the route. While it offers…


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29.03.2018 | Gender Justice | News

Trade union power is often described as fading away under the pressures of globalized markets and closing civic spaces. A photo story from a…


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25.03.2018 | Economy of tomorrow | News

New Delhi – A new methodology pursued by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) in India has been applying a new narrative for alliance building to energy…


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19.03.2018 | Networks for social democracy | News

Housing remains a fundamental right, but social urban policy must also add to its focus the fight against unemployment, explains in this interview…


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14.03.2018 | Trade, labour and social dialogue, #CLSPlus | News

The EU and ASEAN are strengthening their cooperation by working towards a regional free trade agreement. The Trade and Sustainable Development (TSD)…


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05.03.2018 | Economy of tomorrow | News

An urbanization that fails to produce just job opportunities will have far-reaching consequences.


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04.03.2018 | Gender Justice, #FeministAsia | News

Political Feminism in Asia, a regional project by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung brings together feminist groups for joint action across the region.


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01.03.2018 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

Kathmandu – Experiences from the Philippines and Nepal suggest that a multi-lateral approach to international labour agreements could benefit weaker…


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27.02.2018 | Cooperation for Peace and Security | News

China’s Belt and Road Initiative has stirred up diverging responses along its route in South Asia and the Horn of Africa. A photo story from a…


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25.02.2018 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

An alumnus speaks of her good fortune in attending the Global Labour University.


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20.02.2018 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

Preparing all workers to adapt to the changes driven by Industry 4.0 is priority for Singapore’s labour movement, says Sylvia Choo in the first of a…


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17.02.2018 | Economy of tomorrow | News

Karachi (Pakistan) – In Pakistan as elsewhere, the search is on for a system of economic and political governance that ensures socially inclusive,…


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02.02.2018 | Trade, labour and social dialogue, #CLSPlus | News

Singapore – The sustainable development chapters the European Union has in place in trade agreements and the way they are used are not leading to a…


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31.01.2018 | Networks for social democracy | News

Civic education in Germany is about pluralism not indoctrination, says Vachararutai Boontinand, advisor to a civic education project by FES supporting…


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29.01.2018 | Trade, labour and social dialogue, #CLSPlus | News

The European Union says it is taking labour considerations into account in its free trade agreements, but it is not doing it in a way that actually…


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22.01.2018 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

In 2017, Bangladesh saw the opening of the first Academy of Work, a three-month long programme for trade unionists in the country. Today, they share…


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07.01.2018 | Networks for social democracy | News

At the turn of the year we summarize past highlights to celebrate and aspirations for the year ahead in the work with partners and friends by FES in…


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26.12.2017 | Trade, labour and social dialogue, #CLSPlus | News

Singapore – In 2014, Pakistan became a beneficiary of the EU’s GSP+ programme—a scheme which provides the country with zero import tariffs on most of…


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21.12.2017 | Networks for social democracy | News

Bangkok (Thailand) – Managerial staff of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Asia from offices in the region was part of a three-day workshop on strategic…


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20.12.2017 | Networks for social democracy | News
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Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia) – A closer look at how digital space is being exploited and the signs of cyber-populism that emerged in the 2017 presidential…


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13.12.2017 | Networks for social democracy | News
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Shanghai (China) – A Chinese-German symposium about the field of tensions between economic innovation and personal rights in the era of big data,…


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12.12.2017 | Trade, labour and social dialogue, #CLSPlus | News

Singapore – Today, some 60 to 80 per cent of the 20 trillion US dollars recorded gross exports are linked to the production of multinational firms in…


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05.12.2017 | Gender Justice | News

Bangkok (Thailand) – How the elimination of violence against women can be achieved in Thailand


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24.11.2017 | Gender Justice | News

After a decade of negotiations, South-East Asian countries signed an agreement to better safeguard the rights of the estimated 10 million migrant…


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22.11.2017 | Cooperation for Peace and Security | News

Manila – As China takes on a bigger role in the international community of nations with the Belt and Road Initiative, a workshop in Manila considers…


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22.11.2017 | Climate change | News

Bonn (Germany) – Interview with Nithi Nesaduria, member of the South-East Asia delegation attending the latest round of climate change talks by the…


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20.11.2017 | Economy of tomorrow | News
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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

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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15.11.2017 | Networks for social democracy | News

Dhaka (Bangladesh) – Public and private sectors should be included in the design and implementation of any reforms to address the issues around…


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26.10.2017 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

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 | Cooperation for Peace and Security | News

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 | #CLSPlus, Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

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

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 Justice | News

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
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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

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, #CLSPlus | News

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 Justice | News

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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19.09.2017 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

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

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


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23.08.2017 | Economy of tomorrow | News

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 Justice | News

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 | #CLSPlus, Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

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

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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07.07.2017 | Cooperation for Peace and Security | News

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

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

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, #CLSPlus | News

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


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27.06.2017 | Event, News

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

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 | #CLSPlus, Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

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

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

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 Justice, #FeministAsia | News

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

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


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29.05.2017 | Climate change | News

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 Justice | News

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

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

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
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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 Justice | News

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

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

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

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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20.03.2017 | Gender Justice | News

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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08.03.2017 | Gender Justice | News

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 Justice | News

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 Justice | News

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


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02.03.2017 | Trade, labour and social dialogue, #CLSPlus | News

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

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 Justice | News

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

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 Justice, #FeministAsia | News

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 Justice, #FeministAsia | News

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, #CLSPlus | News

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

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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28.10.2016 | Economy of tomorrow | News

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 | Gender Justice | News

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


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19.10.2016 | Gender Justice | News

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

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 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

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

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

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 Justice, #FeministAsia | News

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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23.08.2016 | Climate change | News

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

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

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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23.06.2016 | News

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

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 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

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 Justice | News

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

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

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

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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03.12.2015 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

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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