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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

Image from istockphoto / claffra

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…


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