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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…


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