Just and Sustainable Socio Economic Transformation

Together with its partners, FES aims to develop economic and social policy alternatives to address socio-economic exclusion in South Africa. These policy alternatives are informed by feminist economics, heterodox political economy, and the idea of socio-economic justice. Our vision of economic restructuring includes socio-economic redistribution within the context of the low carbon and digital economy transitions – for a truly Just Transition. FES believes in building political agency and engagement for moving towards an alternative economy that places social justice at its core. To this end, we support research and analysis, policy advocacy, dialogue and building alliances between various social actors including trade unions, civil society and think tanks. 

An Empty Pot at the End of the Rainbow? Trade Unions and Twenty Years of Democracy
Occasional Paper Series

An Empty Pot at the End of the Rainbow? Trade Unions and Twenty Years of Democracy

This paper explores the causes of the crisis in South Africa’s trade union movement. It argues that the impasse is multi-layered, and can be attributed to both structural changes in the country’s political economy and... More

Events

| Socio Economic | Event

The REFA Festival is back to challenge economic orthodoxies, unpack economic heterodoxies, & to shake-up the economics discipline in Africa.

 


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Mpumalanga Highveld: Community voices in South Africa’s just Transition debates


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Recent Publications

Südafrika Gewerkschaftsmonitor

Südafrika Gewerkschaftsmonitor

Berlin, 2023

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The German due diligence act and the automotive supply chain in Africa

The German due diligence act and the automotive supply chain in Africa

An opportunity for trade union solidarity?
Johannesburg, 2023

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Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung 
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+27 11 341 0270
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Youth Leadership programme
Youth Project

Youth Leadership programme

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung South Africa believes in the power of young people. It invites 20 aspiring and talented students from Eastern Cape Universities (Fort Hare, Rhodes, NMMU) to the 2016 “Fort Hare Autumn School on Social Democracy and Political Economy” – a leadership programme supplementing the formal academic curriculum of university students. More

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