FES in the MENA Region

About FES in the MENA Region

"Development policy is the peace policy of the 21st century"

Willy Brandt’s affirmation has become the philosophy behind our daily work. The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) feels a particular responsibility for contributing to development and democracy worldwide. Looking towards the future, we regard it as our task to help:

  • safeguard democratic structures by involving as many social groups as possible,
  • promote economic reform and a policy of social justice,
  • formulate common basic values to guide socio-political development.

The region of the Middle East and North Africa includes the Arab world, Israel and Iran. This region is characterized by a limited integration and an extreme heterogeneity in terms of language, culture, and religion on the one hand. On the other hand the countries of the region are, historically speaking, tightly interlinked. Through its work, the FES pursues the goal of promoting pluralism and democracy, supporting healthy, sustained economic and social development and contributing to a more sustainable approach towards the environment and natural resources in the region. Equality for women and the promotion of human rights in general are of particular significance in this process. Apart from country-based or bilateral projects, the FES engages with the region as a whole. In 2003, for example, it was the first NGO to enter into a cooperation agreement with the League of Arab States on a more in-depth dialogue about regional issues. Moreover, the FES promotes deeper Euro-Mediterranean dialogue, including civil society networking across the Mediterranean region.

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The promotion of social democratic values, including democratic and inclusive decision making are the core of FES activities in the MENA region. More

Regional Climate and Energy Project

(based in Jordan)

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is suffering more from the implications of climate change than most other world regions. The rise in extreme weather conditions such as floods and droughts, a growing shortage of water, desertification and harvest losses that come with rising costs of food, are some of the most obvious consequences.

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Regional Project on Political Feminism

(based in Lebanon)

In the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, women have been on the frontline of protests calling for social justice, with their participation proving crucial during the different waves of the Arab Spring. Yet, the mainstream public discourse around tackling the mounting social, economic, and political crises, and eradicating the injustices associated with the current situation and the anticipated changes, often overlooks women’s voices and feminist perspectives.

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(International Politics and Society)

From Beirut to Khartoum and from Rabat to Teheran, our FES colleagues, partners as well as guest contributors share their insights from the ground and offer food for thought on current developments in the MENA region.

The views expressed in this blog series are not necessarily those of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.

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Regional Project on Economic Policies for Social Justice

(based in Tunisia)

Social Justice with its political and economic relevance are at the core of politics in the Arab world today. The uprisings of 2010/11 have  exposed the ultimate need for political and especially economic reforms. It has become more and more obvious, that the current economic order of the Arab World is not sustainable, neither socially, economically or ecologically. The need for economic policies for Social Justice is pressing – and growing.

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Regional Peace and Security Project

(based in Lebanon)

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is currently home to many of the world’s deadliest conflicts, many unsolved sectarian and ethnic tensions as well as meddling of global and regional powers. As a result of the so-called Arab Spring, fragmentation and instability have grown in many countries of the region. While the old political order is eroding, the region is missing an alternative concept of political order which could build a framework for security, peace and prosperity in the region.

Find out more about the regional project here




Regional Trade Union Programme

(based in Tunisia)

Through the regional trade union project, FES pursues the following objectives:

  • Consolidating the regional trade union structures in the MENA region and providing support for women's and youth structures.
  • Promoting regional cooperation between unions
  • Elaborating strategies and trade union position on the socio-economic themes such as social security, migration, informal sector and climate change.
  • Developing e-learning methods to strengthen the knowledge about workers right.

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Egypt Office

4, El Saleh Ayoub Street
11211 Zamalek
Cairo - Egypt

002 02 27371656-8
002 02 27371659


Contact us


Department for the Middle East and North Africa Division for International Development Cooperation

Mrs. Elisabeth Braune
Hiroshimastraße 28
10785 Berlin

+49 030 26935-7421
+49 030 26935-9233

German website

MENA Region Offices

Algeria Office :

Jordan Office :

Lebanon Office :

Morocco Office :

Palestinian Territories Office :

Sudan / South Sudan Office :

Syria Office :

Tunisia Office :

Yemen Office :

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