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

    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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  • Africa

    Senegal

    The Foundation opened its Dakar office in 1980. Since 2006, it has also managed the other projects in West Africa from here. The Foundation's efforts focus on securing and expanding democratic spaces, on economic and legal reforms and on monitoring the public sector and creating transparency. In addition the projects work to promote human and basic rights, personal initiative and entrepreneurial thought and action.

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  • East and Southeast Europe

    Serbia

    The Foundation has been active in Serbia since 1998. The many offerings in the Western Balkans are being managed from Belgrade since 2015. The Foundation's main partners are the Liberal Democratic Party and Libek, a libertarian think tank. The Foundation's activities include dialogue events with neighbouring countries, a local government network and the "Smart Cities" project, which focuses on climate change, entrepreneurship and individual responsibility.

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  • European & Transatlantic Dialogue

    Slovakia

    In addition to the Hayek Foundation, one of the most important partners of the Foundation for Freedom is the Institute for Economic and Social Studies (INESS). Both are members of the 4Liberty.eu network. Activities focus mainly on topics such as a flat tax, the future of monetary policy, and political education at secondary and tertiary learning institutions.

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  • European & Transatlantic Dialogue

    Slovenia

    The most important tool used in project work in Slovenia is the exchange of best practices through existing network structures, as transformation has not been entirely successful in this country. In 2014, the Foundation entered into cooperation with Svetilnik, a non-partisan, liberal think tank. Areas of cooperation with the SMC, the liberal party of Prime Minister Miro Cerar, are also being expanded.

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  • Africa

    South Africa

    Twenty years after apartheid ended, South Africa is still undergoing a profound political and economic transition. The Foundation for Freedom is actively supporting this process. The Foundation's work, in collaboration with its liberal partner organisations, aims to secure and enhance the fundamental elements of a liberal constitutional state while also showing how market-based solutions can lead to economic growth and lower unemployment.

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  • South Asia

    South Asia

    The Foundation’s activities in the field of civic education consist of seminars, conferences and publications aimed at promoting liberal values and principles. It is our belief that local actors are the ones that must both define liberal values as well as be the leaders of change in their communities. In keeping with this philosophy, the Foundation works in partnership with academics, think tanks, civil society organizations and business associations that share a liberal point of view on issues such as human security, rule of law, and economic liberty. In cooperation with them the Foundation supports research grants, conferences and trainings. In addition the international political dialogue program allows leading liberal individuals from across the world to communicate with each other, share best practices and develop a network.

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  • European & Transatlantic Dialogue

    Spain

    In terms of its "European Integration" programme, the Foundation supports liberal forces in southern Europe. By means of exchanges on concrete topics and in the context of the European liberal family, the Foundation strengthens liberal Spanish actors, both on a programmatic and a structural level.

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  • Africa

    Sub-Saharan Africa

    OVERVIEW The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom works throughout the world in over 50 countries to promote human rights, the rule of law, democracy and the principle of a free market economy....

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  • European & Transatlantic Dialogue

    Switzerland

    The Foundation closely monitors the development of the relationship between the EU and Switzerland, with a particular focus on the negotiations in the aftermath of the popular initiative "Against massive immigration", which questioned the Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons with the EU. Direct democracy, characteristically strong in Switzerland, makes it possible to discuss initiatives from all sections of society and new concepts such as an unconditional basic income in depth.

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