The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) was founded in 1925 as the political legacy of Germany’s first democratically elected President, Friedrich Ebert. Thee foundation was banned by the Nazis in 1933 and re-established in 1947. As a non-governmental, non-profit institution, the foundation is committed to the ideas and basic values of social democracy.
The first collaboration between the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, the Government of Ghana, Ghanaian training institutions and interest groups was established in the early 1960s through activities in the field of media development, strengthening of trade unions and civic education. The Government of Ghana and FES signed an agreement of collaboration on December 19, 1969, to formalize ties of cooperation. In 1982, after the coup d’etat, there was a disruption to FES’ operations, but the FES however returned to operate in Ghana in 1988.
FES played a major role on the smooth running of the 1992 general elections by training seven hundred (700) officials of the Electoral commission and about Sixteen thousand (16,000) voter registration assistants. After this turning point in Ghana’s political history FES has contributed to the consolidation of democracy together with partners from key institutions of the state, political parties, the labour movement, media organisations and selected civil society groups.
Source: FES Ghana Office