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

    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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  • 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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  • East and Southeast Europe

    Tajikistan

    The Foundation has been active in the three Central Asian states of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan since 1996, and in Tajikistan since 2008. In the context of its regional programme, the Foundation mainly works with the Tajikistan Free Market Centre in Dushanbe, with events covering topics such as tolerance, market economy and free trade.

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  • Africa

    Tanzania

    Tanzania has been undergoing a political and economic transformation process towards a pluralistic and market-based system since the early 1990s. The Foundation supports the country's progress by working with liberal partner organisations in the political realm as well as civil society.

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  • Southeast and East Asia

    Thailand

    The open society, citizen participation and rule of law are at the centre of the Foundation's work and its partners from politics, civil society and business in Thailand. The work targets the youth in particular, with the aim of including its ideas in the political debate. The Bangkok office also provides administrative support to project work in the region.

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