In our seven project regions, 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.
The regional office in South Africa has been managing the Foundation's programme in Africa south of the Sahara since 1991. The Foundation also has offices in Côte d´Ivoire, Mali, Senegal, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. Its work focuses on applied liberal reform concepts and on training elected officials and functionaries. Cross-border liberal networks with national and regional impact further help to integrate and support liberal partners in the context of regional work.
Latin America needs liberal reforms: more citizen participation in politics, the creation of efficient and recognised liberal parties, stronger justice systems, better education systems and enhanced productivity and competitiveness are prerequisites for giving people a chance to prosper and overcome poverty through their own efforts. These are the tasks the Foundation has set itself in Latin America.
The regional office for South-East and East Asia supports the region's project offices administratively and by providing services to them. Together with our partners in the region, we work consistently to address shortcomings by means of political dialogue, political consulting and political education to support progress in the areas of democracy and the rule of law.
The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) project region has always played an important role in the liberal Foundation's work abroad: it has had a presence in the region for the past five decades and launched its international activities in 1962, with a media project in Tunisia. Strengthening freedom is the overarching goal of project work in this crisis-prone region, with different project approaches being chosen, depending on the respective framework conditions.
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.
The European and Transatlantic Dialogue (ETAD) regional office has offices in Brussels, Athens, Prague and Washington, D.C. We actively support political dialogue and work to develop innovative liberal solutions on both sides of the Atlantic. Our projects also serve as a liberal platform for the Foundation's global partners when it comes to the European and transatlantic agenda.
The main aim of the Foundation's work in South-East and Eastern Europe is to promote democracy, the rule of law, pluralism and free markets. The standard toolset is used for this purpose: political education, political consulting and political dialogue in the form of conferences, seminars or study trips. Unconventional activities, such as theatre performances or liberal forums for debate, are used when political conditions warrant it.