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Sustainable Democracy

A sustainable democracy requires strong institutions, reliable structures, and active citizens. To achieve this, there is a need to balance state power with strong contending interests that hamper the development of democratic institutions.

In this context, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) promotes active citizenship development, institution-building, and democratization of key political and governance structures and processes which include social movements, civil society organizations, political parties, security forces, electoral institutions, and local governments.

To contribute to the work on sustainable democracy, FES supports partners’ activities that:

  • Facilitate consensus among major political forces on priority areas for the reform of the political system.
  • Develop the organizational, political management, and leadership skills of young people.
  • Provide spaces for national and International exchange on good governance and reform-oriented policies to expand the options for action of progressive leaders.
  • Promote the reform and democratic control of the security sector.

Key Areas of Work

Political System Reform

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung supports civil society organizations, academic institutions and political parties to achieve a more participatory, representative, and effective political system. Particular attention is paid to electoral reform and in developing a more inclusive and accountable political party system. This includes support for initiatives on governance reform both at the local and national levels.

Security Sector Reform

FES contributes to current reform efforts in the Philippines by building the capacity of parliamentarians and civil society organizations to engage in these undertakings by providing information to the public in the form of studies and platforms for dialogue and learning from international experiences.

Leadership Development

Young people comprise the majority of the population but are largely excluded from political decision-making. While spaces for political participation exist, these are often accessible only to a limited number of young people and thus do not maximize their inherent empowering functions. The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung contributes to expanding opportunities by both capacitating young people to become respected political dialogue partners as well as to providing spaces to advocate their concerns at the local, national, and international levels.

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