For a world of Freedom

What we do

The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom is the foundation for liberal politics in the Federal Republic of Germany. It aims to promote the goal of making the principle of freedom valid for the dignity of all people and in all areas of society, both in Germany and abroad.

In our project countries, the support of human rights, rule of law and democracy in more than 60 countries form the core of the work of the regional offices in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Central America; various forms of international dialogue and transatlantic dialogue programme are used to promote these three values around the world. The foundation supports local, regional, and national initiatives to advance the rights of minorities, the democratic control of security forces and for strengthening international human rights coalitions.

Countries

  • East and Southeast Europe

    Moldova

    The Republic of Moldova was included in the Foundation's project work in South-East Europe as early as the late 1990s. The Foundation focuses mainly on capacity building in the political parties' youth and women's organisations, also via their links to international networks. Strengthening entrepreneurship, especially by promoting the economic independence of women, is a further strategic goal of the Foundation.

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  • East and Southeast Europe

    Montenegro

    Even before the Foundation expanded its activities in Serbia, it had a presence in Montenegro, where it assisted the development of a liberal party and promoted small and medium businesses. Today Montenegro falls under the jurisdiction of the Foundation's Belgrade office. Participants are invited on a case-by-case basis to events hosted by regional networks of local government politicians and to participate in training events at the International Academy for Leadership. Montenegro has also been part of the Freedom Barometer Network since 2013.

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  • Middle East and North Africa

    Morocco

    The Foundation has been active in Morocco since 1969. Core elements of its project work include political sensitisation, training and networking of liberal-democratic forces. The Foundation cooperates with liberal parties as well as many NGOs and associations, like the young entrepreneurs' organisation Centres des Jeunes Dirigeants in Casablanca or the human rights organisation Centre des Droits des Gens in Fez.

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  • Southeast and East Asia

    Myanmar

    The Foundation has been working for democracy, human rights and market economy in Myanmar/Burma since 1989. In 2013 we opened an office in Yangon. We support the current reform process in cooperation with state institutions, parliaments and civil society, providing our participants with shared platforms for debate - a rarity in the past. Our political education and consulting offerings aim to enhance political participation, market economy and the rule of law.

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  • Latinamerica

    Nicaragua

    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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  • Middle East and North Africa

    Palestinian autonomous areas

    The overarching objective of the Foundation's work in Palestine is to create and strengthen democratic, rule-of-law-based and market-oriented structures for a future Palestinian state. As achieving this goal requires dependable, democratically elected governments along with strong civil society, free markets and a network based on international cooperation, all of the Foundation's activities in Palestine are aimed at developing such structures together with local partners.

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  • Southeast and East Asia

    Philippines

    The Foundation started working in the Philippines in 1986 with the aim of supporting democracy, the rule of law and a market economy while mitigating negative developments from the time of the dictatorship. It has worked with the liberal family in politics and civil society in particular, campaigning for civic and economic freedoms and human rights.

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  • European & Transatlantic Dialogue

    Poland

    Polish political landscape has undergone radical change after elections in 2015. FNF Prague office supports the strongest opposition party Nowoczesna. FNF also has strong partners among NGOs and Think Tanks actively involved in the regional 4Liberty network: Fundacja Industrial, publisher of monthly liberal magazine Liberté, FOR (Forum of Civic Development) focusing on economic analysis and policy proposals, and Projekt Polska! dealing with civil rights issues (secularism, anti-hate speech campaigns), e-government and digital society.

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  • East and Southeast Europe

    Romania

    Romania was included in the Foundation's project work from the early 1990s. Today the Foundation's activities in the country are managed from the project office for South-East Europe in Sofia as well as a branch office in Bucharest that was opened in 2014. Together with partner parties and its youth wings, the Foundation's activities focus on administrative deficits, the legal system, political culture and the fight against corruption. In addition, the Foundation promotes the country's European integration through activities and publications.

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