About Us

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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.

„You are welcome!“ In this friendly manner the foreigner is greeted in Nigeria. We join our hosts in saying: You are welcome to the website of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Nigeria!

Nigeria is a both fascinating and appalling country: full of chances and opportunities with its about 150 million citizens, expansive oil and gas reserves, minerals, and other resources, and its different climates from the edge of the Sahel desert in the north to the tropical rain forest and mangroves in the south.

The appalling aspects concerning Nigeria's centre around ethno-religious conflicts, violence over the unequal distribution of oil revenues, severe poverty on the one side (approximately two-thirds of the people live on less than two USD per day) and vast richness on the other side. Long years of military dictatorship and poor governance had turned Nigeria into a pariah of the international community, one in which corruption and the disregard for the rule of law were common practice.

Since 1999, however, Nigeria has an elected civil administration, first under President Olusegun Obasanjo, since 2007 under President Yar’Adua. Subsequently President Goodluck Jonathan replaced Yar’Adua who died during his incumbency. In 2011, Goodluck Jonathan was re-elected in relatively free and fair elections.

The Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation developed its own “Vision Nigeria: Democracy, Rule of Law, and Prosperity for All”. We try to support the country in achieving these objectives through providing political education and counselling.

Mainly in the focal states Plateau and Cross River, but also in Lagos, Kano, Niger, and Ogun, we consulted Parliaments:

  • Members of these State Parliaments (“State Houses of Assembly”) were trained in principles of democracy, the role and responsibility of representatives, budgeting, conflict management etc. According to an independent evaluation, these trainings remarkably supported the activities of the Parliaments.
  • With “Town Hall Meetings” we initiated a fruitful dialog between Members of the Cross River and Plateau Parliaments and citizens in their constituency.
  • We facilitate an interactive weekly one-hour radio programme in each of the locations Abuja, Enugu, Kaduna, and Port Harcourt, which provides a forum to discuss fundamental and current questions of politics between guests in the radio studio and with the public audience. The whole of Nigeria is covered by our radio programme, with potentially about 120 millions of listeners.
  • There is an increasing number of violent conflicts in Nigeria. We train officers of the armed forces in the principle of “necessary minimum force”, while respecting the human rights, and prepare them for internal and international peace missions.
  • We provide media training for journalists (until now, inter alia, in cooperation with “Deutsche Welle” and JDPC Ibadan) to enable truthful reporting practices in a sensitive manner that does not incite additional violent conflict.

Our radio programmes prepared voters well for the 2011 elections. The elections went considerably better than before. Now we are aiming towards supporting the new governments in their efforts for reform. Inputs will be given, inter alia, by Round Table discussions and diverse publications.

All of our programmes are in the early stages and we are still learning. Therefore your criticism and your ideas are highly appreciated.