Regional work on social justice and economic development
Within the regional activities of FES in Eastern Africa, the FES Uganda office focuses on critical research and public discussion to enrich the ongoing public discourse on development models, economic growth and progress within the East African region. Incorporating a socially just perspective, we aim to challenge the mainly unquestioned neoliberal doctrine by scrutinizing the widespread perception that there is no alternative to growth-centered economic policy. Aiming to oppose the hegemonic perceptions of marked-based development and to illustrate political and scientific alternatives, the current political, legal and institutional frameworks need to be analyzed and assessed. Our objective is, together with societal and political actors, to identify and outline alternative, multidimensional concepts and approaches to development which include, but are not limited to, economic growth and poverty reduction.
As a political foundation based on the values of social democracy, FES aims to raise awareness for the necessity to change the current development agenda to include aspects of social justice and equal distribution of wealth as well as to ensure sustainability for further generations and the environment.