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.
- South Asia
In India the Foundation looks back on a proud track record of over 40 years of successful project work. The regional office in New Delhi in responsible for managing the national projects. In this, the world's largest democracy, the main focus areas are human rights and the rule of law, good governance, promoting liberal positions in regulatory policy as well as developing liberal concepts related to digitalisation, which is rapidly changing the face of the sub-continent.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
- 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.Read more