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22.10.2021 | New Geopolitics of Asia | News

Security at the core: AUKUS in the Indo-Pacific

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


20.10.2021 | Climate change, Gender Justice | News

A feminist approach to urban planning is vital for the future of cities

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


19.10.2021 | New Geopolitics of Asia | News

The Philippines in the New Geopolitics of Asia

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


15.10.2021 | New Geopolitics of Asia | News

Between a rock and a hard place: ASEAN, AUKUS and the EU Indo-Pacific Strategy

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


11.10.2021 | New Geopolitics of Asia | News

Regional Lab: Systemic Implications of the COVID-19 Crisis

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…


08.10.2021 | New Geopolitics of Asia | News

Of opportunities and renewed divisions: AUKUS, India and the EU

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…


30.09.2021 | Climate change | News

South Korea’s plans for a just transition must be truly fair for all

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


27.09.2021 | Future of Work | News

Fragile dreams: Stories of migrant workers from the Philippines

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.…


15.09.2021 | Climate change | News

Revisit our regional conference on social-ecological transformation in Asian cities

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


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Asia’s New Geopolitics of Artificial Intelligence and Technology

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


20.08.2021 | Climate change | News

Just Transition Forum in Asia | #JTFA2021

Can the shift to a green energy future in Asia be just and equitable?


13.08.2021 | Networks for social democracy | News

Young Progressive Academy launched to train Indonesian emerging leaders

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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The New Geopolitics of Asia

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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Female leadership and the future of work in Mongolia

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


15.06.2021 | Future of Work, Economy of tomorrow | News

German Supply Chain Act makes corporate responsibility mandatory

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…


14.06.2021 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

Nepal must support its tourism sector or face losing a critical workforce

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…


08.06.2021 | Networks for social democracy | News

Bridging diversity the Indonesian way

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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Vaccine justice and building forward better

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…


01.06.2021 | News

South Korean generations at odds over how to tackle world’s fastest-ageing society

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…


26.05.2021 | Climate change | News

Op-ed: Asian Development Bank should close its doors to all dirty energy

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…


| New Geopolitics of Asia | News

Between superpowers: Small and landlocked states in Asia

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


17.05.2021 | News

Education during the pandemic: Dimensions of the digital divide in Mongolia

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


12.05.2021 | New Geopolitics of Asia | News

The New Geopolitics of Eurasia

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


10.05.2021 | Future of Work | News

Shaping the 2020s: Symposium and paper series for Workers' Future in Asia

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…


04.05.2021 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

Remodelling Bangladesh’s trade unions amid the pandemic

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


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Afghanistan amid transition and the prospects for peace

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,…


25.03.2021 | Gender Justice | News

The laborious challenge of enhancing women’s participation in India’s workforce

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


19.03.2021 | Climate change | News

Southeast Asia’s plans to expand coal power are undermining the global energy shift

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…


16.03.2021 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

It is time to revise our definition of ‘the labour movement’ in Thailand

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…


11.03.2021 | Cooperation for Peace and Security | News

Exhibition sheds light on the history of South Korea’s National Security Act

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…


04.03.2021 | Economy of tomorrow | News

Training Bangladesh’s next generation of advocates, through the pandemic

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


01.03.2021 | News

How volunteers crowd sourcing data contributes to Mongolia’s COVID-19 response

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


23.02.2021 | Climate change | News

China’s latest carbon pledge sets ambitious course for the 21st Century

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…


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

Implications of automation for workers in Vietnam

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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Artificial intelligence, data rights and the future of work

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


21.01.2021 | Networks for social democracy | News

25 years of partnership for democracy and social justice in Nepal

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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Social justice in the crisis and a fair recovery

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…


14.01.2021 | Gender Justice | News

Women and girls across Asia are facing complex, urgent risks from the pandemic, expert warns

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…


08.01.2021 | Climate change | News

Telling the energy story through a more inclusive lens

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


29.12.2020 | Gender Justice | News

Beijing +25 – Looking back, looking forward

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?


22.12.2020 | Economy of tomorrow | News

Shaping the future of a smart government in ‘E-Mongolia’

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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COVID-19, ASEAN and the future of multilateralism

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…


16.12.2020 | News

A Philippines training hub for good governance goes digital

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


10.12.2020 | Economy of tomorrow | News

AI and associated tech developments hold threats but also opportunities for inclusive growth in India

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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Global supply chains and workers' rights

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


23.11.2020 | Gender Justice | News

How COVID-19 fuels the digital gender divide

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


| Climate change, Gender Justice | News

Further steps are needed to ensure a gender-just energy transition

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


04.11.2020 | Climate change, Gender Justice | News

Revisit our web discussions on gender and energy

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


31.10.2020 | Climate change, Economy of tomorrow | News

The case for social cities

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


27.10.2020 | Climate change | News

Pathways towards a social-ecological transformation in Asian cities

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


23.10.2020 | News

The epicentre of a global conflict

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


20.10.2020 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

(Re-)imagining the future of trade unions in Bangladesh

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


15.10.2020 | Economy of tomorrow | News

Southeast Asia: COVID-19 and China's Health Silk Road

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


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A new Asia-Pacific and China's changing Belt and Road Initiative

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


03.10.2020 | Cooperation for Peace and Security | News

How relevant is the German reunification for Korea today?

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.


23.09.2020 | Gender Justice | News

India’s domestic workers need better legislation to protect their rights through the pandemic

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


21.09.2020 | Cooperation for Peace and Security | News

International Peace Day: Civil society organizations call for end of Korean War

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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Episode 02: A new Indo-Pacific and India's changing foreign policy

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…


28.08.2020 | News

Launching the FES Asia podcast: Disrupted Asia – Between Crisis, Rise and Resilience!

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


27.08.2020 | Networks for social democracy | News

A thousand virtual tents: Civil-society youth festival in Indonesia moves online

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


19.08.2020 | Climate change | News

Youth advocates volunteered for climate education amid lockdown

Climate change activists holding a sign reading "There is no planet B"

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


05.08.2020 | Economy of tomorrow | News

Walking a fine line: Thailand and the challenge of the platform economy

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…


17.07.2020 | Cooperation for Peace and Security | News

From side table to centre stage: Social justice and the Afghan peace process

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


16.07.2020 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | Event, News

Web Talk Series – Decent work for all: A post-COVID union agenda

Event announcement: The debate over the post-COVID future is in full swing. Join us to discuss the agenda for trade unions and social justice across…


13.07.2020 | News

A new generation of politicians in Mongolia

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…


02.07.2020 | Cooperation for Peace and Security | News

Human rights in the Afghan peace process

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


19.06.2020 | Gender Justice, #FeministAsia | News

Dignity and recognition for care workers in Asia

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…


16.06.2020 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

Call for Papers: Post-Corona Visions for the Future of Work in Asia

Become part of our research and policy network and help us rethink the future of work in Asia during and after COVID-19. Take a look at our focus…


22.05.2020 | #FeministAsia, Gender Justice | News

Out now: Women and the Future of the Digital Economy in Asia

A new FES study investigates how women in Asia are affected by digitalization and automation and explores feminist perspectives on the digital economy…


04.05.2020 | Gender Justice, #FeministAsia | News

New FES study: Women and the Future of Care Work in Asia

Around the world, women conduct the majority of (un)paid care work. In Asia, the care sector is particularly large. A new FES study investigates what…


08.04.2020 | Cooperation for Peace and Security | News

Indonesia’s Global Maritime Fulcrum & China’s Belt Road Initiative: A match made at sea?

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


02.04.2020 | Gender Justice, #FeministAsia | News

Web discussion: The digital economy in Asia - Feminist perspectives

A web discussion on "The digital economy in Asia - Feminist perspectives" was hosted by FES Asia, WIDE+ and IT for Change with more than 100…


01.04.2020 | Cooperation for Peace and Security | News

Analysis: The Belt and Road Initiative in Malaysia

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


24.03.2020 | Gender Justice, #FeministAsia | News

Digital justice for the next billion users

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…


17.03.2020 | News

Are universities ready to meet the demand of the labour market?

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


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

Social partnerships for a just future world of work

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


09.03.2020 | #CLSPlus, Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

No more race to the bottom – A Model Labour Chapter to enforce labour standards

By including enforceable labour standards in trade agreements, trade deals will also benefit workers. This Model Labour Chapter for European Union…


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

Decent work for all – How do we get there?

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


28.02.2020 | #FeministAsia, Gender Justice | News

The future of work: A future without women?

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


08.01.2020 | Climate change | News

"Governments failed us at COP25"

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


18.12.2019 | Gender Justice | News

Exploring women’s meaningful access and participation in the digital economy

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…


27.11.2019 | Gender Justice, #FeministAsia | News

Putting the care economy at the centre of future of work debates

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


22.11.2019 | Economy of tomorrow | News

German small and medium enterprises inspire delegation from Bangladesh

A Bangladeshi delegation explores small and medium enterprises in Stuttgart.


05.11.2019 | Climate change | News

Women and climate change: Initializing gender-sensitive perspectives for South-East Asia

Interview with Gotelind Alber on a genuine gender-sensitive climate transition for South-East Asia


04.11.2019 | Networks for social democracy | News

Civil society in India presents social innovations for societal transformation

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


03.11.2019 | Networks for social democracy | News

A day that turned history: 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall

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…


28.10.2019 | Economy of tomorrow | News

Building liveable, social cities for the economy of tomorrow in Asia and Germany

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


21.10.2019 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

Mongolia’s missing mining taxes

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


11.10.2019 | Economy of tomorrow | News

Shopping malls aren’t enough – an inclusive city needs people-oriented planning

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


11.10.2019 | Gender Justice, #FeministAsia | News

The rising need for care demands new policies for decent jobs

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


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

The right industrial policies can stimulate economic and social upgrading

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


17.09.2019 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

The pioneering FES Academy of Work gets a makeover in Bangladesh

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


27.08.2019 | Gender Justice, #FeministAsia | News

Women and the future of work: new network selects areas for priority attention

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


24.07.2019 | Climate change | News

Renewable energy can be “win-win-win” for Vietnam

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


Wednesday, 10.07.2019 - Thursday, 11.07.2019 - Hanoi, Viet Nam | Trade, labour and social dialogue | Event, News

Industrial policy can support economic and social upgrading

Which industrial policies support economic and social upgrading the most, and how? Experts studying best practices from across Asia meet in Hanoi to…


24.06.2019 | Gender Justice, #FeministAsia | News

The brave new world of work holds particular opportunities and challenges for women

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


21.06.2019 | #FeministAsia | Event, News

Women and the future of work in Asia – a new FES project

Researchers and labour activists from nine Asian countries are to assemble in Indonesia to explore the question how women’s perspectives can be…


14.06.2019 | Gender Justice | News

Domestic workers can organize anywhere

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


07.06.2019 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

Trade deals need to benefit workers too

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…


03.06.2019 | Climate change | News

Coal-based power plants: Vietnam’s unsolved problem

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


Sunday, 09.06.2019 - Wednesday, 12.06.2019 - Cebu, Philippines | #FeministAsia | News

Fourth and last Future Lab to reflect on feminist alliance-building

Animations tell stories of everyday gender inequality from across Asia in fourth and last future lab.


31.05.2019 | Networks for social democracy | News

Long-term education and labour rights are the focus of FES in Bangladesh

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…


30.05.2019 | Economy of tomorrow | News

China-India exchange on electrical-vehicle technology could boost industry, sustainability

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


30.04.2019 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

Join us this International Workers’ Day to call for #WorkersRights4All

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…


29.04.2019 | #FeministAsia, Gender Justice | News

Asian feminists on building bridges between women’s rights and labour rights

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


11.04.2019 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

Towards a new social contract

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


05.04.2019 | Gender Justice, #FeministAsia | News

Uniting feminists and workers in the struggle for decent work

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…


03.04.2019 | Networks for social democracy | News

FES in Nepal: A trusted voice facilitating mutual understanding in the democratisation process

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


Sunday, 07.04.2019 - Nordic Club, Dhaka | #FeministAsia, Gender Justice | Event, News

Women’s rights are workers’ rights

How can women’s and workers’ movements be brought together? Members of the network “Political Feminism in Asia” are to meet in Bangladesh to share…


25.03.2019 | Climate change | News

The greenest kind of growth is degrowth

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


18.02.2019 | #FeministAsia, Gender Justice | News

“Let’s smash patriarchy one movie at a time”

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…


01.02.2019 | Economy of tomorrow | News

The urban housing crises of Indonesia and Malaysia: Same-same but different

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


26.01.2019 | Networks for social democracy | News

Mongolia to combat hate speech in online media

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.


15.01.2019 | Economy of tomorrow | News

How to put the “social” into smart cities?

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


17.12.2018 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

Fishy business

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


16.12.2018 | Networks for social democracy | News

Migration rules and regulations in one country cannot work alone

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


10.12.2018 | Gender Justice | News

Closer to the equality goal: We all should be feminists

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


21.11.2018 | #FeministAsia, Gender Justice | News

“Only long-term community activism leads to change”

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


13.11.2018 | Gender Justice | News

Comics for critical thinking and social change

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


12.11.2018 | Networks for social democracy | News

Role play brings policy-making to life for youth leaders in Mongolia

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


07.11.2018 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

As Vietnam revises labour law, FES and partners debate the opportunity to improve workers’ rights

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.


02.11.2018 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

Mega-sporting events under a working conditions spotlight

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


| Economy of tomorrow | News

Reform of skills systems needed in Asia

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


24.10.2018 | Climate change | News

Building alliances for a just energy transition in Asia

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


16.10.2018 | Economy of tomorrow | News

Managing the labour market in an integrated ASEAN in the digital era

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


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

Targeted sanctions can help the EU promote labour standards beyond its borders

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


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

Enforcing labour standards in trade agreements through a targeted approach to sanctions

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


Tuesday, 16.10.2018 - Wednesday, 17.10.2018 - Jakarta, Indonesia | Economy of tomorrow | Event, News

The Fourth Industrial Revolution, Digitalization & Work 4.0 – A Right to Training

How can we skill and empower the workforce in the throes of ongoing changes in the labour market? This question will be the leitmotif of an upcoming…


10.10.2018 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

Strengthened social partnership in ASEAN can support just digital transformation of the world of work

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


Thursday, 18.10.2018 - Thursday, 18.10.2018 - Brussels, Belgium | Trade, labour and social dialogue, #CLSPlus | Event, News

Supporting Labour Standards through Targeted Sanctions in Trade

At a roundtable discussion in Brussels, experts, politicians and workers' representatives will discuss how to make Trade and Sustainable Development…


04.10.2018 | Cooperation for Peace and Security | News

Myanmar faces hard choices over the true cost of participation in China’s Belt and Road Initiative

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…


29.09.2018 | Cooperation for Peace and Security | News

Five years into China’s BRI, the EU needs a clearer vision for a stable and secure Eurasia going forwards

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…


Thursday, 27.09.2018 - Sunday, 30.09.2018 - Georgetown, Malaysia | Gender Justice | Event, News

Future Lab 3: A Feminist Asia for All

How can we best achieve a feminist Asia for all? This question will be tackled by 21 feminists from seven countries and other delegates, in the third…


20.09.2018 | Networks for social democracy | News

Are Timor Leste’s quotas for women in government a good thing? “Of course!” say female MPs

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


10.09.2018 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

Project launched to make sure Vietnam’s trade deal with EU endorses workers’ rights

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…


26.07.2018 | Networks for social democracy | News

FES helps Philippines face challenges from climate change to workers’ rights to violent extremism

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


25.07.2018 | Gender Justice, #FeministAsia | News

Feminism under construction: A push for new alliances in Asia

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


10.07.2018 | Climate change | News

Action on climate change can boost other aspects of development, if properly aligned

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


09.07.2018 | Networks for social democracy | News

FES Singapore: a focal point for social democracy in South-East Asia

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…


04.07.2018 | Networks for social democracy | News

FES contributes to the German-Indonesian exchange on how to prepare for the fourth industrial revolution

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…


26.06.2018 | Cooperation for Peace and Security | News

The Ulaanbaatar Dialogue – a “Helsinki” for peace in Northeast Asia?

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…


19.06.2018 | Economy of tomorrow | News

Jobs: The challenge of soaring unemployment, a year before 2019 Indian parliament elections

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


07.06.2018 | Networks for social democracy | News

Big challenges, bigger opportunities: FES helps India make the most of transformative change

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…


31.05.2018 | Networks for social democracy | News

Hanoi students experience German, Vietnamese views on sustainable tourism during FES-supported field trip

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


24.05.2018 | Networks for social democracy | News

FES supports political dialogue for greater social equality and better quality of life in Pakistan.

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


Wednesday, 23.05.2018 - Thursday, 24.05.2018 - Hanoi, Vietnam | Climate change | Event, News

Connecting the dots: Implementing the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals in Vietnam

International experts, government representatives and civil society organizations are coming together to identify and promote policies for a coherent…


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

Trade rules threaten workers’ rights and public services

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…


10.05.2018 | Economy of tomorrow | News

A question from Thailand: Is the platform economy a new face of labour exploitation?

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


27.04.2018 | Gender Justice | News

Unheard, Unseen, Unrecognized: Women in informal employment

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…


23.04.2018 | Networks for social democracy | News

Teacher training, trade union relations and tax reform: FES Thailand helps local initiatives boost social justice across the board

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


19.04.2018 | Cooperation for Peace and Security | News

Putting the spotlight on peace: Afghanistan security dialogue

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


16.04.2018 | Cooperation for Peace and Security | News

Converging or diverging? Considering security implications of China's 21st Century Maritime Silk Road

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…


29.03.2018 | Gender Justice | News

Reasserting Union Strength in Asia – Trade Unions in Transformation

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


25.03.2018 | Economy of tomorrow | News

Selecting the right narrative can help unify diverse stakeholders’ support

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


19.03.2018 | Networks for social democracy | News

Social urban policy must fight unemployment

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


Wednesday, 21.03.2018 - Thursday, 22.03.2018 - Singapore | Trade, labour and social dialogue | Event, News

Trade Unions in Transformation: Innovative Change-making Union-style

Trade Unions in the region meet to discuss and exchange best case examples of union revitalization, innovative use of power resources and how to face…


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

EU refuses to apply trade sanctions for enforcing labour standards

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


05.03.2018 | Economy of tomorrow | News

Linking the global urban and jobs agendas: Toward a policy framework for job-rich urbanization

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


04.03.2018 | Gender Justice, #FeministAsia | News

From the drawing board to reality

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


01.03.2018 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

Tackling challenges of migration in the face of the Qatar crisis

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


27.02.2018 | Cooperation for Peace and Security | News

Riding the Silk Road – Discord and cooperation along the maritime route

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…


25.02.2018 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

“Finding the red flyer was destiny”

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


20.02.2018 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

Skilled, future-ready workers can withstand the impact of Industry 4.0

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…


17.02.2018 | Economy of tomorrow | News

Literature and economic governance at the Ninth Karachi Literature Festival

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


Thursday, 22.02.2018 - Friday, 23.02.2018 - Yangon, Myanmar | Cooperation for Peace and Security | News

Security implications of the maritime route in China’s Belt and Road Initiative

A regional workshop, one of a three parts global forum series probing China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), will address the security implications…


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

Labour standards in trade agreements must be taken more seriously

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…


31.01.2018 | Networks for social democracy | News

Civic Education Development: Learning from a Thai-German experience sharing

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


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

Trade should play a role in improving working conditions

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…


22.01.2018 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

Bangladesh: On with the next generation of trade unionists

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…


07.01.2018 | Networks for social democracy | News

FES in Asia, achievements and aspirations

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…


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

Enforcing labour standards in Pakistan

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…


21.12.2017 | Networks for social democracy | News

Communication in the Digital Age

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


20.12.2017 | Networks for social democracy | News

Digital populism

Munkhtsetseg Tserenjamts

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


13.12.2017 | Networks for social democracy | News

Big data in China and Germany – A challenge for governance and society

Photo by FES

Shanghai (China) – A Chinese-German symposium about the field of tensions between economic innovation and personal rights in the era of big data,…


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

Creating Decent Work in the Era of Global Value Chains

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…


05.12.2017 | Gender Justice | News

Tackling gender-based violence

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


24.11.2017 | Gender Justice | News

ASEAN signs breakthrough agreement on migrant workers’ rights

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


22.11.2017 | Cooperation for Peace and Security | News

Security in China’s Silk Road: Roadblocks or express-way?

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…


22.11.2017 | Climate change | News

No more justification for banking on coal

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


20.11.2017 | Economy of tomorrow | News

“Urban space cannot be fragmented into commodities”

Photo by Muhammad Pascal Fajrin, CC BY-SA 4.0 from Wikimedia Commons

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


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…


15.11.2017 | Networks for social democracy | News

Bangladesh’s university reforms should prioritize quality and encompass the private sector

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


Monday, 13.11.2017 - Tuesday, 14.11.2017 - 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…


Tuesday, 07.11.2017 - Wednesday, 08.11.2017 | Gender 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…


Tuesday, 31.10.2017 - Saturday, 04.11.2017 - 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…


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…


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…


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…


12.10.2017 | Trade, labour and social dialogue, #CLSPlus | 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…


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…


10.10.2017 | Gender 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…


03.10.2017 | Networks for social democracy | News

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

Photo by Bro. Jeffrey Pioquinto, SJ (Flickr), CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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…


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…


26.09.2017 | Trade, labour and social dialogue, #CLSPlus | 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…


21.09.2017 | Gender 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…


20.09.2017 | Trade, labour and social dialogue, #CLSPlus | 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…


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…


29.08.2017 | Cooperation for Peace and Security | News

Pluralism not dogmatism

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


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


22.08.2017 | Gender 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…


20.07.2017 | Trade, labour and social dialogue, #CLSPlus | 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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


30.06.2017 | Trade, labour and social dialogue, #CLSPlus | News

Trade doesn’t work for all

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


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…


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…


19.06.2017 | Trade, labour and social dialogue, #CLSPlus | 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


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…


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…


16.06.2017 | Gender Justice, #FeministAsia | News

New Asia-wide platform for feminist dialogue

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


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


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…


25.05.2017 | Gender 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…


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…


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…


30.04.2017 | Economy of tomorrow | News

Preparing the workforce for the future

Photo by Steve Jurvetson from Menlo Park, USA (glue works Uploaded by Zolo), CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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…


28.04.2017 | Gender 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…


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…


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…


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…


23.03.2017 | Trade, labour and social dialogue, #CLSPlus | 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…


20.03.2017 | Gender 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.


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…


14.03.2017 | Gender 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…


08.03.2017 | Gender 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…


08.03.2017 | Gender 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…


08.03.2017 | Gender 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.


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


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.


20.01.2017 | Gender 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.


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…


05.01.2017 | Gender Justice, #FeministAsia | 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…


21.12.2016 | Gender Justice, #FeministAsia | 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…


20.12.2016 | Trade, labour and social dialogue, #CLSPlus | 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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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.


23.10.2016 | Gender Justice | News

Closing the Gender Gap in Asia

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


19.10.2016 | Gender 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


23.09.2016 | Gender Justice, #FeministAsia | 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…


23.09.2016 | Gender Justice, #FeministAsia | News

Political Feminism for Social Justice

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


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…


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…


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…


22.07.2016 | Gender 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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


23.06.2016 | Gender 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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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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