For a world of Freedom

What we do

The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom is a foundation in the Federal Republic of Germany devoted to the promotion of liberal principles and to political education. The goal of the foundation is to advance the principles of freedom and dignity for all people in all areas of society, both in Germany and abroad.

The Friedrich Naumann Foundation is active in over 60 countries around the world, spanning Europe, Africa, Asia, North and Central America. Within these project countries, our regional offices work to support human rights, rule of law, and democracy. In order to achieve these aims, the foundation seeks to foster both international and transatlantic dialogue through conferences, study tours, and publications, among other means. In addition, the foundation supports local, regional, and national initiatives which advance the rights of minorities, the democratic control of security forces, and the strengthening of international human rights coalitions.

Countries

  • East and Southeast Europe

    Albania

    The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom has been hosting events in Albania since beginning its work in the Western Balkans. The country's progress is monitored from the Western Balkans project office in Belgrade. Experts from Albania are involved in workshops or seminars on a case-by-case basis.

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  • Latinamerica

    Latin America

    La aceptación del progreso en la sociedad, la economía y la ciencia es el objetivo clave de la política liberal y, por naturaleza, el tema de identidad liberal. Progreso significa un libre desarrollo...

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  • Latinamerica

    Argentina

    Argentina is a country rich in mineral resources, with an educated populace and an active civil society, including think tanks and NGOs. The Foundation supports its partners and networks in politics and civil society in their efforts to create a liberal democracy based on the rule of law, human rights and a market economy.

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  • East and Southeast Europe

    Belarus

    Since 2009, the Foundation has been managing its activities in Belarus from Kiev. Because of authoritarian structures and restrictive laws, project work has been significantly limited within the country since 2011. It is restricted to maintaining contact with liberally minded groups and individuals, monitoring developments within the country, informing interested Belarusians about training activities and including them in regional project work, e.g. in the context of the annual youth dialogue "Europe in a suitcase".

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  • East and Southeast Europe

    Bosnia-Herzegovina

    No other former Yugoslavian country is politically as challenging as Bosnia-Herzegovina with its complicated power structures. Together with its partners, the Foundation works on various levels to improve the country for its citizens - e.g. through the local government network "MandatNet", the liberal parties "Our Party" and the "Liberal Democratic Party" as well as public events, the "Liberal Forums".

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  • Latinamerica

    Brazil

    The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom's work in Brazil is the product of a project that goes back more than 40 years. Since 1992, the Foundation has had a project office in Brazil's economic and financial capital São Paulo. Today, the Foundation's work is still centred on cooperation with Brazilian liberals, both within and outside of the political parties. The primary target groups are current and future leaders.

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  • East and Southeast Europe

    Bulgaria

    Even after joining the EU in 2007, Bulgaria continues to face unresolved problems related to the functioning of democratic structures and institutions as well as rampant corruption. Since 1990 the Foundation has been supporting the country's transformation process in collaboration with its partners from politics and civil society. Since 2006, the Foundation's regional work in South-East and Eastern Europe is also being coordinated from Sofia.

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  • Southeast and East Asia

    Cambodia

    The Foundation has been engaged in Cambodia since the late 1980s, a time when the country was plagued by internal conflict and was on the brink of a civil war. Since the 1993 elections, the focus of the Foundation's work has been on political education and consulting, with particular attention given to training local politicians, young leaders as well as the representatives of human rights organisations and civil society in leadership, rule of law, human rights and local government.

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  • European & Transatlantic Dialogue

    Canada

    The Transatlantic Dialogue Programme (TAD) is based in Washington, D.C. and forms a part of the European and Transatlantic Dialogue regional office. The TAD promotes political dialogue between North American and European representatives from politics, business, science and culture. Whereas the TAD's network in the United States consists of Republicans and Democrats, in Canada the governing Liberal Party, a member of Liberal International, is the Foundation's political partner.

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  • Latinamerica

    Costa Rica

    FNF focuses on its cooperation with the "Alianza para Centroamérica", an alliance of liberal actors in Central America. In this, the poorest region of the sub-continent, the Foundation's political work focuses on social advancement through education, improved framework conditions for small and medium enterprises, and on fair energy prices through greater competition. Particular attention is dedicated to the Central American youth, who receive access to urgently needed know-how on how to make an active contribution to freer democracies through the Alliance.

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