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.

    Macedonia

    The Foundation took up its project work in Macedonia at the end of the 1990s. Although the state is aiming for NATO and EU membership, it is becoming increasingly authoritarian. The Foundation and its political partners are working on strengthening the democratic framework conditions, in particular freedom of expression and the rule of law. The Foundation also works with civil society partners on promoting ethnic and religious tolerance as well as liberal values.

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  • Southeast and East Asia

    Malaysia

    The Foundation has been promoting liberal values in Malaysia for over 20 years. The country is comparatively prosperous, but its economic development is held back by corruption, nepotism and state interventionism. Repressive laws severely restrict civil society. Together with its partners, the Foundation campaigns for more freedom and respect for human rights.

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  • Africa

    Mali

    The Foundation's Mali project encompasses activities such as training events, public conferences, workshops and seminars focusing on democracy, the rule of law, human and refugee rights as well as conflict and crisis prevention and mitigation. The aim is to combat the causes of migration and flight and assist in the integration of refugees by strengthening liberal democracy, democratic institutions, and human rights.

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  • 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

    ဖက်ဒရစ်နော်မန်ဖောင်ဒေးရှင်း(မြန်မာ) မြန်မာနိုင်ငံသည်လူမျိုးစုကွဲပြားမှုများသလို စိတ်ဝင်စားဖွယ်သမိုင်းကြောင်းတို့နှင့်ပြည့်နက်နေသည်။ လူဦးရေ သန်း ၆၀ ခန့်ရှိပြီး အရှေ့တောင်အာရှဒေသတွင်းအကြီးဆုံးနိုင်ငံမျ...

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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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  • South Asia

    Pakistan

    The Foundation opened its office in Pakistan in 1986. The Islamic republic, the world's second-largest Muslim state, is notorious for the large number of terrorist attacks it has suffered and for the challenges posed by climate change. In both areas, the Foundation works closely with Pakistani partner organisations. In the context of the focal themes Islam and democracy, free market economy and rule of law, the aim is give the nation a more stable foundation.

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