Woman Empowerment and Gender Equality in Asia


In time for the women’s month celebration in March 2017, Network of Socdem Asia has published the first issue of its Socdem Asia Quarterly journal this year with the cover title “Woman Empowerment and Gender Equality in Asia”. This issue is part of the output of the Socdem Asia Conference entitled Closing the Gender Gap […]

FES and Socdem Asia Gear Up New Set of Young Progressives


Twenty-three young progressives from Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Timor-Leste composed the 6th batch of this year’s Political Management Training (PMT) Program organized by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), Network of Socdem Asia, and Olof Palme International Center (OPIC).   Training participants included local state councilors, leaders and active members of political and civil society organizations, academics, […]

FES Philippines hosts ITUC Asia Pacific Regional Meet


Friedrich Ebert Stiftung – Philippine Office hosts this year’s ITUC Regional Supply Chain Meeting held last 25 – 27 May 2016 at Holiday Inn, Makati. ITUC has been dwelling on key labor-related issues including women’s role in unions, green jobs, and others.

FES opens APM anew with bigger batch


The Friedrich Ebert Stiftung’s Academy of Political Management (APM) has grown bigger this year as it opened its 5th batch composed of 30 scholars last 19-21 February 2016 at Club Balai Isabel, Batangas,

FES continues commitment to security sector reform, organizes OPLAW Year 4


Now on its fourth year, the Operational Law Course (OPLAW): The Legal Dimensions of Military Operations was again organized by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) — in partnership with the National Defense College of the Philippines (NDCP), and the Hamburg-based German Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC) [Führungsakademie der Bundeswehr (FüAkBw)] held last 21-26 February 2016 at Club Balai Isabel, Batangas.

FES joins Galing Pook in a well-participated Governance Fair

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The FES supported conference held on 30 August 2015 centered on the presentation of the top five finalists for Galing Pook’s search for best practices on Citizens’ Engagement in Local Governance.

FES co-organizes 4th workshop on security sector reform

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Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung has once again partnered with National Defense College of the Philippines (NDCP), Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), and the Geneva Center for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces to conduct the 4th Security Sector Reform Workshop held in NDCP Honor Hall last 10-11 November 2015.

FES supports National Youth Commission’s apprenticeship initiative

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The #ApprenticePH Project was aimed at sparking interest among LGUs, industry members, and the youth in agri-fishery sector. The culminating activity for Project was an apprenticeship summit in Dagupan City held last 5 August 2015.

FES ranked as one of the world’s top think tanks


The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung has been once again ranked as one of the best think tanks worldwide.

In the 2014 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report released by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program of the Lauder Institute, The University of Pennsylvania, FES garnered top spots in various categories, including “Think Tanks with the Most Innovative Policy Ideas / Proposals” where it landed 10th place.

SOCDEM Asia Quarterly: The Capsule Edition

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SOCDEM Quarterly



Quezon City: SOCDEM Asia Network Secretariat

The Capsule Edition of the Quarterly provides the readers, members, friends, and the broader progressive community an opportunity to access an overview of SOCDEM Quarterly in recent years, covering major, timely themes, particularly local governance and democracy, decent work and inclusive growth, education and empowerment, and green energy and sustainable development.

Bury It Deep: Disposing the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant

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Diokno, Maria Teresa // Fortaleza, Wilson // Ong, Ted Aldwin

Pasig City: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung – Philippine Office


The publication revisited the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant and the issues surrounding the project to highlight arguments on the real economic and social demands of nuclear-based energy and to help push campaigns for renewable energy options that are more sustainable and affordable. Even with the promise of clean, sustainable sources of electricity through renewable energy, the nuclear option continues to loiter each time the country is beset with power supply issues. The issues surrounding the BNPP, with its history of fraud and fallacious promises of low-cost power and reliability, should be revisited to help push the Philippine government to finally draft, adopt, and implement an energy policy that values clean, affordable, and sustainable sources and processes.

SocDem: Filipino Social Democracy in a Time of Turmoil and Transition, 1965-1995


Tolosa, B.J., Jr. (2011) (Editor). Pasig City: the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) Philippine Office.

Because a full-fledged study of Filipino social democracy has not been undertaken before, this book as an effort at collective story-telling is valuable in itself as a way to recover political memories and draw out oral histories of this political tradition. The book also aims to document the history of Filipino social democracy both as an ideology and as a political movement. From these stories, one can draw out distinctive themes and learning experiences that have relevance not just from the perspective of the past but also for renewing political education and engagement at present.

The history of Filipino social democracy is studied in this collection by means of political and organizational narratives spanning the late 1960s until the mid-1990s coming from four social democratic formations.

The book is available at major bookstores such as Fully Booked, Popular Bookstore, Solidaridad, and at the Ateneo de Manila University Press.