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.
- Southeast and East Asia
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.Read more
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.Read more
- East and Southeast Europe.
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.Read more
- South Asia
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.Read more
- Middle East and North Africa
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.Read more
- Southeast and East Asia
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.Read more
- European & Transatlantic Dialogue
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.Read more