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Freedom, justice and solidarity are the basic principles underlying the work of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS). The KAS is a political foundation, closely associated with the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU). As co-founder of the CDU and the first Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Konrad Adenauer (1876-1967) united Christian-social, conservative and liberal traditions. His name is synonymous with the democratic reconstruction of Germany, the firm alignment of foreign policy with the trans-Atlantic community of values, the vision of a unified Europe and an orientation towards the social market economy. His intellectual heritage continues to serve both as our aim as well as our obligation today.
In our European and international cooperation efforts we work for people to be able to live self-determined lives in freedom and dignity. We make a contribution underpinned by values to helping Germany meet its growing responsibilities throughout the world.
We encourage people to lend a hand in shaping the future along these lines. With more than 70 offices abroad and projects in over 120 countries, we make a unique contribution to the promotion of democracy, the rule of law and a social market economy. To foster peace and freedom we encourage a continuous dialog at the national and international levels as well as the exchange between cultures and religions.
Human beings in their distinctive dignity and with their rights and responsibilities are at the heart of our work. We are guided by the conviction that human beings are the starting point in the effort to bring about social justice and democratic freedom while promoting sustainable economic activity. By bringing people together who embrace their responsibilities in society, we develop active networks in the political and economic spheres as well as in society itself. The guidance we provide on the basis of our political know-how and knowledge helps to shape the globalization process along more socially equitable, ecologically sustainable and economically efficient lines.
We cooperate with governmental institutions, political parties, civil society organizations and handpicked elites, building strong partnerships along the way. In particular we seek to intensify political cooperation in the area of development cooperation at the national and international levels on the foundations of our objectives and values. Together with our partners we make a contribution to the creation of an international order that enables every country to develop in freedom and under its own responsibility.
The “Media Programme Asia” was established in 1996 to promote a free, responsible and ethical press in the region. This is achieved by strengthening dialogue amongst leading editors and journalists through regional conferences and meetings and by two key initiatives: the Asia News Network (ANN) and the Konrad Adenauer Center for Journalism (ACFJ) at Ateneo de Manila University.
The Asia News Network (ANN) , comprising 22 English-language national daily newspapers in 19 Asian countries, was initiated to provide avenues for cooperation and to optimize coverage of major news events in the region. More importantly, ANN has been working towards the improvement of the coverage of Asian affairs by Asian media. Thus member newspapers get reliable access to news sources in Asia and the development of professional journalism in the region is promoted. The initiative is beneficial for two reasons: first, it reduces the dependence of member newspapers on international wire services and second, the newspapers get more substantial, in-depth news from an Asian perspective.
The Konrad Adenauer Center for Journalism (ACFJ) at the Ateneo de Manila University completes our vision and mission in journalism development in Asia. It was established in June 2000 as a joint initiative of the KAS and the Ateneo de Manila University. The ACFJ offers degree and non-degree programmes in subject-specific reporting as well as basic courses such as journalistic ethics.
The ACFJ is a regional center: It recruits students from all over Asia; it addresses working journalists by granting scholarships. We are especially proud of the Center’s pioneering "M.A. in Journalism" programme, which has attracted working journalists from many Asian countries since its implementation in 2003.