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Formally established in Nepal on November 2, 1995, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation Office is located in Sanepa, Lalitpur, headed by a Resident Representative.
It had been providing scholarship support to young Nepali students in the fields of political education, social science research, political dialogue, training on mass media and communication and general education even before its office was formally established in Nepal. Its activities in Nepal can be broadly classified as follows:
Capacity building of mass media agencies, different departments of Tribhuvan University and local NGOs with material help, donation of books, fax machines, photo-copiers, computers, printers and other equipment. FES has supported its partner organizations in Nepal in publishing books on matters of policy, as well as of general and academic interest. Notable among them are areas such as Nepali economy, development, foreign aid and debt, civil society, women and development, NGOs, environment, decentralization and local self-government, civic education, industrial relations, World Trade Organization (WTO), impact of globalization on Nepal, Nepal and South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation (SAARC), Nepal’s foreign policy, social development, media and democracy.
Promotion of regional co-operation in South Asia. In this context, the Coalition for Action on South Asian Co-operation (CASAC), an NGO with regional dimension, works in co-operation with the FES in promoting regional co-operation, development and peace in South Asia.
In sum, the FES Nepal works in the following fields: