"Youth gears-up for communal politics"

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Gereon Schüller and Denis Newiak were among the participants at seminar series for youth in communal politics "Young-committed-successful! KommunalAkademie Compact" organised by the Kommunal Akademie of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Bonn. A city council member and researcher, Gereon and Denis are committed to their cities, they are eager in making a change through municipal policies and therefore came to attend the first out of four modules in a series of seminars for local politicians and activists.

"We need more women in local politics"

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On 22nd September, the Kommunal Akademie of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung launched the first in a series of four seminars "Young-committed-successful! KommunalAkademie Compact" committed to enable and empower young citizens engaged in municipal politics. The four seminar modules will assist and provide youth with useful tools and knowledge for their everyday work in communal politics.
Nicole Sander, mayor of Neunkirchen-Seelscheid belongs to the 10% of women that occupy this position. As guest speaker at the first module, she shared insights on her work as mayor. We talked to her about her experiences and the challenges women face in local politics.

The Agenda 2030 Under Spotlight

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Together with the Reflection Group on Sustainable Development, a global alliance of civil society organizations and trade unions, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung launched in July the "Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2017". The Spotlight Report assesses the implementation of the Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals, a global framework for development that succeeded the Millennium Development Goals that were widely criticized for the limited and uneven progress across countries. In this video, Thomas Mättig of the Department of Global Policy and Development at FES in Berlin explains how this report came to be, the public interest that drives the work of the Reflection Group and the directions to expect in 2018.

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Harnessing the advantages of the digital revolution

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Warnings abound that the biggest danger of digitalisation is that benefits will accrue only for a few, leaving many negatively affected. To avoid this, we should moderate the ways technology is applied in the real world and affects the labor market, suggests Henning Meyer, Research Associate at the Public Policy Group, London School of Economics. In this video interview, Meyer responds to the many hows and whats of digitalisation, its effect on politics and society, and a social democratic response to the changes ahead.

The digital revolution and Asia’s agriculture

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Avinash Kishore, research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute in New Delhi, shares recommendations about the current needs of agriculture in Asia at the cusp of the digital age. The interview was part of an international conference by Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation in Buenos Aires on digitalisation and agriculture.

Digital Transformation – how the labour market is changing

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As a result of the digital revolution, the economy and the labour market are in constant change, confronting enterprises and employees with new trends and challenges. But what do these new trends really entail? Will new forms of labour drastically transform the future of employment and the welfare state?

The video by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Zagreb responds to these and other questions on a quest for solutions to protect the rights of workers in times of increasing globalization and social insecurity.

What is the German Energiewende? (#2017plus)

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Solutions to a world of safe, clean, reliable and ecological energy are not yet in sight. On a global scale, the international community has tried to come to grips with burning environmental issues by keeping global warming below the two-degree benchmark and committing itself to the new Agenda 2030.

The year 2016 revealed some positive trends towards the use of renewable energy when for the first time more money was invested in renewable power than in fossil energy. Yet, on a global scale, most energy is still generated from fossil resources.

A similar tendency can be observed in Germany where investment in and use of clean energy reached a peak in 2015. This trend goes back to the Renewable Energies Act, adopted by the Socialdemocratic-Green government in 2000, which heralded the so-called Energiewende, an era defined by transitioning from fossil to renewable sources for energy production. Today, about one quarter of the energy used in Germany is generated from renewable resources. As fortunate this may appear, many more questions remain to be answered including how energy transformation can be addressed at European level.

Watch and learn about Germany’s recent energy transformation and its historical evolution, in this video by Good Society – Social Democracy – #2017 plus, a project of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.

Unseen Shadows – Those who are left behind

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"Unseen Shadows" is a short documentary about the life of women and the families of migrant workers in Changar region, northern India. Here people and nature already feel the impact of climate change: uneven rainfall and shrinking periods of monsoons have deteriorated the soil making it unsuitable for agricultural production. The limited access to crops and food for the local population has pushed people to migrate in search of employment. It is almost always men who migrate, as movement of women is restricted given the strong patriarchal social order.

Watch this documentary produced by FES India and hear out the story about the life of women in Changar, testimony to why migration should be looked at in its entirety.

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Stopping the race to the bottom: expert’s contribution to CLS+

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What are the challenges for worker's rights in global supply chains today? Watch Mark Anner from Pennsylvania State University in this expert’s contribution to "Core Labour Standards Plus (CLS+)," a regional project by FES in Asia that aims to better the working conditions for workers in manufacturing industries integrated in global supply chains.

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More details about Mark Anner's research are available in "Stopping the Race to the Bottom,":

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Core Labour Standards Plus - CLS+

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Despite the economic boom in Asia, the life of millions of workers in the region is getting harder by the day. How can that be? And what can be done to change it?

Find out by watching this video on "Core Labour Standards Plus" (CLS+), a regional project by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Asia that aims to better the working conditions for workers in manufacturing industries integrated in global supply chains. More spare time, better pay, safer workplaces: labour standards need to go beyond fundamental labour rights!

Further information on the project and how #FESAsia links #trade and #LabourRights in #GlobalSupplyChains to promote #CLSPlus for #SocialJustice and #DecentWork can be found here:


"Caught in the middle" – Migration in Ethiopia

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The long-lasting war in Ethiopia has led to a migration wave into its neighbouring country Sudan. There, to this day, migrants from the second generation are still living with their families under very uncertain conditions, fearing a possible deportation and arrest by the police, daily. Many of the men have left to Europe in search of a better live and it is mostly the wives and mothers who remain in the country, struggling to survive the daily pressures.

As part of the "Flight, Migration, Integration" –series, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung sheds light on the lives of those women left behind in Sudan. Take a glimpse and see how 32 year old Elsa, mother of two, is caught between the impossibility to return to her home country Ethiopia and her desire to join her husband in Europe.

Cyber Mum: the fate of a family between El Salvador and the USA

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Millions of children grow up without their parents who take up perilous journeys in search for jobs abroad in quest for better earnings to maintain their families back home. Most of the time it is the grandparents who step in to raise the children and take over the parental responsibilities.

This is true for Doña Morena. Aged 60, Doña Morena saw her daughter off to the US, who had left in a quest for a better paying job to afford the support for her three children in the capital of El Salvador, San Salvador. “Cyber-Mum” is a short movie that depicts an excerpt in the lives of the three children and their grandmother back home. A contribution by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung El Salvador Office, the documentary is part of a series produced with the support of the global portal by FES on migration, flight and integration available here (link in German).

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