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.

    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

    In South Asia we have offices in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Additionally we work with partners in Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldives. We promote civic education, trainings and the exchange of ideas in the region in four focal areas. These are economic freedom, human rights, urban governance and digital transformation.

    In addition to the country projects, the Foundation supports regional programs. These aim at promoting cross-border dialogues in our four thematic focal areas and the strengthening of regional economic cooperation in South Asia.

    The Foundation's work is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, the German Foreign Office and, increasingly, by the European Union and other development aid policy bodies.

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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

    ABOUT We are the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, an independent German organisation that is committed to promoting liberal policy and politics around the world in the form of human rights,...

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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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