Africa's urban population will double over the next 25 years. By 2040 at the latest, a majority of all Africans will be living in cities. Given this development, it is apparent that democratic political legitimacy will increasingly hinge on a socially and gender-equitable provision of public goods and economic opportunities in African cities.
Protecting, Advocating, and Defending workers’ rights is essential for sustainable development in Namibia. With its local partners, FES Namibia has developed various approaches to ensure that good labour relations are improved and enhanced through social dialogue with the government, employers, and employees. Through the support of FES, it is also essential that trade unions lobby and advocate for sustainable socio-economic policies to improve the livelihood of the Namibian workers.
In partnership with the School of Education and Social Development, the Department of Social Sciences of the University of Namibia, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), initiated the Forum of Experts on Social Protection (FESP) in 2017. The Forum connects experts, specialists, academics/scholars, consultants, and policymakers on critical questions of Social Protection in Namibia.
At a national, regional and international level, FES Namibia projects are designed to strengthen the network among political parties in the country. Parliamentary multi-party democracy depends on the existence of strong and sustainable democratic parties. FES Namibia views political parties as an important set of institutions which are key to national development. In 1993, FES Namibia in line with its social democracy mandate created a platform to promote political inclusion amongst diverse political parties. Integrating political, social and economic discussions amongst different political parties in Namibia. Using the FES Forum Building as the discussion room.
As Democracy needs Democrats, Democrats must have the capacities and share the same behavioural and ethical standards to take responsibility as Namibian citizens and servants. With the median age in Namibia being 21, youth is the pillar of the current and the future society. Youth must be empowered to defend democratic achievements and values, strengthen, and form alliances and networks in participating in socioeconomic and political development and debates in their communities. This is a precondition for a prosperous society.
The Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES) has been working for more than 40 years with its partners on the African continent to transform unjust social and economic contexts, to further the democratization of political and economic structures and to build conditions for democratic transformative change. Historically, social democracy has aimed at the emancipation of the working class and a free society based on solidarity that offers everyone an equal opportunity for economic, social, and cultural participation. Its major political struggles - fighting for worker’s rights, peace and international solidarity as well as for social justice and a fair distribution of power and wealth – are inextricably linked to gender justice. This video is about an event organized by the Namibia office and looks at gender justice in Namibia.