About FES Amman
The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) engages in extensive activities across the entire MENA region. In Jordan, FES opened its office in 1986 and is accredited through a long-standing partnership with the Royal Scientific Society (RSS).
The work of FES in Jordan and Iraq is financed by the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Additionally, FES Amman receives project-specific funding from the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs (AA) and from other third-party donors such as the United Nations.
Prior to the opening of a Jordan office, FES was engaged in several projects in Jordan in the early 70s and 80s, which were mostly related to the development of trade unions, to the promotion of labor rights and to capacity-building in the media sector. With a permanent presence in Amman from 1986 onwards, FES was able to expand the spectrum of its activities to cover various issues related to the promotion of democracy and social justice.
Since 2004, the Amman Office also coordinates the activities of FES in Iraq. At the origin of the Iraq projects were the support for the constitutional process and assistance in the development of new media outlets as well as an extensive engagement in the training of Iraqi election monitors. Over the years, FES has extended its network of local partners and has broadened the scope of its activities in Iraq.
The activities of FES Amman aim at promoting democracy and political participation, supporting progress towards social justice and gender equality as well as at contributing to ecological sustainability and peace and security in the region. FES Amman supports the building and strengthening of civil society and public institutions in Jordan and Iraq.
FES Amman cooperates with a wide range of local partner institutions from civil society and the political sphere to establish platforms for democratic dialogue, organize conferences, hold workshops and publish policy papers on current political questions.
Democracy Means Participation
Democratization requires a political process, in which all groups of society participate. FES Amman promotes open political discussion, supports the efforts of civil society organizations and furthers active participation of previously marginalized groups such as women and youth. A prerequisite for active participation is information. FES thus aims to contribute to the strengthening of independent media and the training of journalists. In addition, FES facilitates regular dialogue between political decision-makers and experts from Germany and the Middle East.
Social justice is a key factor for inclusive growth and political stability in the Middle East. Together with its partners, FES Amman works towards shaping political and economic processes according to the principles of social justice and tackling challenges such as unemployment. FES also cooperates with local, regional and global trade unions and their federations.
With the majority of the Jordanian and Iraqi population being under the age of 30, promoting the participation of youth in social and political processes is a crucial part of FES activities in both countries. FES educates young people on political, social and economic challenges faced by their country and the region, and trains them to become active members of society.
Promoting Women’s Rights and Gender Equality
Women are entitled to the same civil and political rights as men. Moreover, sustainable political and socioeconomic development cannot take place without the participation of women. FES Amman assists civil society organizations in Jordan and Iraq in developing and implementing strategies to strengthen women’s rights and increase female participation in politics and the workforce.
Energy and Climate Policy
FES Amman serves as a regional link for MENA activities under the FES Energy and Climate Program. This program supports the search for suitable policies to promote energy savings and energy efficiency and encourages a transition towards an energy supply based on renewable energy sources. FES strives to contribute to new energy policies, which could generate green and fair jobs, promote economic development and energy justice, as well as lead to a solution to the many water issues and air pollution in the region.