The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) is a non-profit German foundation committed to the values of democracy and social justice.
Widely acknowledged by the German and Indian governments for being an important actor in the promotion of dialogue (people-to-people contacts), FES has been active in India since the late 1970s and established its official country office in 1981 in New Delhi.
FES India is committed to building platforms of mutual trust for open debate and exchange of new ideas. Through workshops, seminars, exchange programmes, as well as academic papers it is offering nuanced socio-economic analyses and fostering debates on a national, regional and global level. The main areas of work include:
Presently, the core question is: how can India’s economic development be charted in a way that it becomes a socially-balanced, sustainable and resilient economy. Digitalisation assumes particular importance in this regard, especially in overcoming economic, ecological and social conflicts. Not only can technological improvements offer newer solutions to diverse challenges, but a growing, worldwide demand for IT specialists can also provide India with new jobs and enable it to reach the top in the global market.
Together with political leaders, academics, members of the civil society and national and international experts FES endeavours to generate fresh ideas to shape India’s future as well as jointly strive for a better world.