Cooperation between the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) and the African Union (AU) dates back to the early 2000s. A more formalized partnership emerged in 2011, when the FES and the African Union Commission signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Cooperation and Mutual Assistance. In early 2015 the FES AU Cooperation Office was established to coordinate the work with the AU. Until then the FES Ethiopia Office, established in 1991, had been responsible for the cooperation with the AU.
The goals of the FES are to: