The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) is Germany’s liberal foundation. At home and in 60 countries around the globe, FNF and its partners promote freedom, liberalism, democracy, human rights, pluralism, tolerance, market-based economies and the rule of law.
FNF has close ties to Germany’s liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP). We were founded in 1958 by Germany’s first President Theodor Heuss and have been working in Asia since 1969. FNF is publicly funded. Our head office is in Potsdam, Germany.
FNF briefs decision makers in Berlin and publishes reports. We facilitate dialogue, organize conferences and invite young people from Asia and other regions to attend seminars in Germany.
In cooperation with local partners, FNF promotes
- Liberalism and Democracy
- Rule of Law and Human Rights
- Economic Freedom and Market Economy
Liberalism and Democracy
Liberalism emphasizes the freedom of the individual. Individual freedom, responsibilities, rights and duties are the prerequisites for a free and open society. Some governments say a collective approach is needed to maintain social coherence. In fact, this is an excuse to curb freedom and to maintain power. Liberals believe that individual freedom benefits society. We see four pillars of society: political freedom, human rights, economic freedom and the rule of law.
Democracy is the rule of the people, our rule. Free and fair elections, freedom of expression and the protection of human rights are essential. Respected, democratic parties are pillars of liberal democracy. In Southeast and East Asia, FNF works with more than a dozen liberal parties, many NGOs and some media organisations. We support networking.
Human Rights - Freedom - Rule of Law
Human rights, civil liberties and the rule of law must be upheld. FNF promotes respect for human rights and works for pluralism, tolerance and freedom. We support NGOs, whose mission is to promote freedom, human rights or the rule of law. Our partners empower citizens to be advocates of freedom.
Our civil society partners in Malaysia share FNF’s vision. Some of our NGO-Partners work on human rights issues, others promote democracy, freedom of expression or the rights of women in Islam.
Economic Freedom and Market Economy
Economic Freedom – the freedom to enter and compete in markets and the protection of property rights- is the best recipe for fighting poverty and gaining prosperity. Globalization poses more opportunities than challenges. Market-based economies propel growth.
We believe in competition and in the limitation of state intervention in market processes. FNF funds the ‘Economic Freedom Network Asia’ (EFN Asia).
EFN Asia values voluntary exchange, free market access and the rule of law. The network has 30 members. In cooperation with the Fraser Institute we present the Economic freedom of the World Report at an conference in Asia. The report proves the correlation between economic freedom and human development.