Global experiences of social democracy “What does social democracy have to offer today?"


The CEO of the Inclusive Society Institute, Daryl Swanepoel, participated in a Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) hosted interactive session on Global Experiences of Social Democracy: “What does Social Democracy have to offer today?” The engagement formed part of the FES’s Fort Hare Autumn School Leadership Programme.

The Fort Hare Autumn School Leadership Programme (FHAS) is a political and civic education programme that seeks to create a new ethical leadership culture. The programme includes 25 students, from different institutions based in the Eastern Cape; Rhodes University, Nelson Mandela University, Walter Sisulu University as well as the University of Fort Hare.

The discussion focussed on the programmatic and electoral journey of the Social Democratic Parties in Europe and Germany in particular; and how they interpret the fundamental values of today? And more broadly: What does Social Democracy have to offer today?

Key discussants at the session included Christian Krell, Prof at the University of Bonn, Member of SPD Committee on Fundamental Values of Social Democracy, and Josefine Rückert, International Secretary of JuSos (Young Socialists, Germany). The discussion was facilitated by Sebastian Sperling, the country representative of FES in South Africa.