Priority Areas and Activities

Photo: (From left to right): Tina Marie Blohm and Franziska Korn of FES Bangladesh, Ambassador Dr Thomas Prinz of German Embassy in Dhaka, Prof M. Omar Rahman of Independent University Bangladesh, Prof Dr Imtiaz Ahmed of Dhaka University, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, KCMG of BRAC, Prof Dr Nasreen Ahmad of Dhaka University, Prof Atique Islam of North South University / by FES Bangladesh

FES Bangladesh and its partners regularly organize policy dialogues, seminars, workshops and trainings on different topics

The work of FES in Bangladesh aims at facilitating inclusive dialogues on social justice with a focus on labour and social parnership, sustainable development and international cooperation. The Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), Dhaka University (DU), and the Bangladesh Institute for Labour Studies (BILS) are some of the trusted partners of FES in Bangladesh.

In its work, FES cooperates with a number of governmental institutions, NGOs, civil society organisations, think tanks, trade unions, political parties and social movements.

Labour and Social Partnership

FES, with its roots and history in the German and international labour movement, works with its partners to support an independent and democratic labour movement both at national and international levels for the promotion of workers’ rights and social justice as enshrined in the national and international constitution, laws and conventions.

In Bangladesh, FES supports a trustful and constructive social dialogue between free and independent trade unions, employers and the Government. Such a social partnership allows for peaceful industrial relations in which free trade unions can bargain on fair terms for improvements of working conditions in the formal and informal sector.

Sustainable Development and Economic Reform

In the wake of economic, ecological and social challenges across countries and continents, a consensus is building for the need of new models to lead societies onto a path of sustainable economic growth. Reaching consensus on the new models requires deeper understanding of economic discourses and the political economy of reforms in countries, regions and at a global level. In this context FES through its offices in Asia and Europe started the Economy of Tomorrow (EOT) project by bringing together economic thinkers from the two regions to exchange ideas for building up the schematics of an economic model for a socially inclusive, financially sustainable and ecologically dynamic growth to produce conditions for a good society with full capabilities for all, as well as suggest ways and means to promote a public and policy agenda for the newly required development path.

Democracy and Social Justice

FES has set its priorities in promoting a pluralist and participatory democracy. The foundation regularly organises public forums and dialogues bringing together different stakeholders from civil society, media and political decision makers. A special focus lies on young people and their role in a democratic Bangladesh.

International Cooperation

FES works with its partners on the improvement and consolidation of trustful regional relations between Bangladesh and its neighborhood. Furthermore, FES and its partners work towards strengthening the voice of Bangladesh and the group of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in the global debate on sustainable development and international trade priorities.