International Work

At a glance

The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) works in Germany and abroad. The activities abroad are part of the foreign development and cooperation policy of the Federal Republic of Germany.

What we want

The political philosophy of liberalism has always been a driver towards democracy, the rule of law, and a market economy. That's why we want to spread liberal ideas.

The way we work

The way we work is as diverse as the regions we are active in and the partners we cooperate with. To promote our aims we use three type of instruments: Today FNF has seven regional offices, about 35 project offices and over seventy project countries worldwide. More than 250 highly committed employees are putting into practice a hundred individual projects in their respective countries. 

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

An active and open society is an essential requirement for the free and productive discussion and resolution of our countries‘ problems. Therefore we work to strengthen civil society. An open and productive dialogue is not a one-sided matter. That's why we want to intensify the transfer of liberal solutions from abroad into the political discussion in Germany.

By means of political education we want to enable more and more people to become actively involved in political and social processes. We mainly address multipliers, that is, people who would later spread in their own societies the knowledge they have gained. 

In the area of political dialogue, politicians and civil society representatives from different countries exchange views and experiences. They learn from each other and come up with liberal solutions to their countries‘ problems. By the way of political consultation we transfer knowledge, experiences and skills to liberal-minded political decision-makers who are crucial for strengthening political parties and for putting into practice liberal political approaches.

FNF worldwide operations

The international activities of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) are conducted by seven regional offices and about 35 project offices (click on the map below to get a bigger version in pdf format).

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But FNF do not just maintain the dialogue in its project countries but also inside Germany. The regional departments in the Foundation's head office in Potsdam, Germany, is the interface between the offices abroad, the funding institutions and the politically interested public.

You can download a detailed map showing all countries, in which FNF operates, here.

FNF Southeast and East Asia

The last decades the region South East and East Asia has enjoyed an unprecedented economic upswing. More people have benefited from globalisation and escaped poverty than anywhere else. At the same time the political weight of the region in the world has increased.

However the levels of democratic development and rule of law are patchy and there are many shortcomings. In Taiwan and South Korea democracy has grown and taken root. Apart from these, out of the ten ASEAN member states only Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines may be described as more or less developed democracies. The other countries still follow an authoritarian, undemocratic path of development.

Whatever the problems, this much is clear: this is the region that is defining the shape of things to come. Many countries are in the throes of economic and political upheaval. These are times when new institutional frameworks are emerging. The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) sees great opportunities for contributing, together with our liberal partners, to the implementation of free and democratic frameworks in the countries of the region.

The FNF’s regional office for Southeast & East Asia (http://asia.fnst.org) is located in Bangkok, Thailand. Led by Mr. Moritz Kleine-Brockhoff, the regional office coordinates regional programmes as well as country-specific programmes in Cambodia, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand.

For more information regarding our international work, have a look at FNF headquarter's website.