The Foundation was established in Germany in 1958. It aims to promote the goal of making the principle of freedom valid for the dignity of all people and in all areas of society, both in Germany and abroad. In Germany, headquartered in Potsdam (near Berlin), the Foundation provides forums, mostly for the young generation, to exchange information and experiences in present-day contexts. A main focus is to promote civic education and inspire citizens to take part in the democratic processes.
The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom works in over 65 countries worldwide.
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 activities in the field of civic education consist of seminars, conferences and publications aimed at promoting liberal values and principles.
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 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.
Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom
USO House, 6, Special Institutional Area
New Delhi 110067, India