About us

Our Vision

Promoting democracy and development world wide, contributing to peace and security, shaping a responsible globalised world, as well as supporting the enlargement and development of the European Union. These are the international aims of the work of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.

FES’s Turkey office has been promoting the cooperative dialogue of committed people and civil society organisations in both Germany and Turkey for almost twenty-five years.

The way we work

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is a non-profit, independent and cultural institution, which is committed to the ideas and values of social democracy.

Promoting democracy and development world wide, contributing to peace and security, shaping a responsible globalised world, as well as supporting the enlargement and development of the European Union. These are the international aims of the work of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.

By supporting projects in more than 100 countries, the FES is actively involved in the constitution and consolidation of civil society, state structures, the promotion of democracy and social justice, the reinforcement of free trade unions, as well as the advocacy of human rights and gender equality.

A rational dialogue on crucial principles such as facilitating social justice, democracy and international solidarity are at the centre of FES’s operational methods. FES Turkey carries out educative and consulting methods in cooperation with a large variety of organizations: For example NGOs such as women organizations, unions, think tanks, research centers, universities but also governmental and international organizations are partners of projects.

With the aim to share experience and knowledge, the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation organizes trainings, seminars, presentations, workshops and international conferences in cooperation with Turkish partners. These events are not only held in Ankara and Istanbul but in many cities all over Turkey.

Legal Status

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Turkey is registered under the Turkish association law as a representation of a foreign organisation, hence it is accountable to both the German and the Turkish authorities. Both sides have the right and responsibility to scrutinise the activities and the finances of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. FES was inspected by the Turkish Interior Ministry in December 2006 and in 2007/2008 by the Istanbul Tax Authority.