About us - Foundation Office India
The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) is a political foundation. In Germany, 16 regional offices offer a wide variety of civic education conferences and events. Our offices abroad are in charge of over 200 projects in more than 120 countries.
We are proud to bear the name of Konrad Adenauer. The first chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany’s name and principles are our guidelines, duty, and obligation. Established in 1955 as “Society for Christian-Democratic Civic Education”, the Foundation took on the name of the first Federal Chancellor in 1964.
Nationally and internationally, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation is committed to achieving and maintaining peace, freedom and justice through political education. We promote and preserve free democracy, the social market economy, and the development and consolidation of the value consensus.At home as well as abroad, our civic education programs aim at promoting freedom and liberty, peace, and justice. We focus on consolidating democracy, the unification of Europe and the strengthening of transatlantic relations, as well as on development cooperation.
The leitmotif of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation "Germany. The next chapter" is supported by a thematic focus. With the three main topics Innovation, Security and Representation and Participation, it is made clear which topics the Konrad Adenauer Foundation will focus on in the coming years.
We stand for a rule-based and liberal multilateral world order because it is in Germany's interest. We should get involved as much as possible to promote common solutions in the EU, NATO and the United Nations. We can only fight international terrorism together. That is why we have to think about our internal security internationally. Our state is increasingly exposed to extremist and terrorist threats from both inside and outside. That is why we need a strong European security architecture. Many threats nowadays are digital; they target our data, our information systems, our security, our freedom and our democracy. We cannot ward off such attacks on our own; that can only be done together with our European and transatlantic partners. Being strong together also means taking responsibility within one's own society and becoming knowledgeable. We want to contribute to this.
Innovations are indispensable if we want to solve the great problems of humanity.For us these are first and foremost peace and security, freedom and justice, the preservation of creation and our prosperity.At the same time, innovations raise ethical and socio-political questions.On these pages, our experts explain how we position ourselves in this area of conflict and promote an innovation-friendly climate.
At the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung we are convinced that representation and participation are the elementary principles for democracy and freedom. The heart of our democracy beats in parliaments. And it is first and foremost the democratic parties that make the political participation of the citizens in our country tangible. We know that every democracy is different because no two countries are the same. At the same time, many democratic countries currently share something: they are under pressure; Sections of society - a minority - are dissatisfied with democracy. They have the impression that they are neither heard nor seen. Here in Germany, too, there are increasing voices that autocratic systems are more efficient. What is overlooked is the price that people under authoritarian regimes have to pay for this supposed efficiency: by renouncing freedoms and fundamental rights such as the protection of property, co-determination or pluralism. We need courageous ideas and models for political participation that can be realized in our representative democracy. Because: Democracy needs pluralism, compromise and a strong culture of debate. We have to be able to discuss differences of opinion openly, respectfully and tolerantly, to reach compromises, to derive decisions from them and to accept them. We have to constantly develop our culture of debate, analog and digital. Opinion formation needs reliable information. Whether in our political education forums, through our political analyzes, contemporary historical research or the experiences from other countries - we discuss and show how it can be possible to win more people over to democratic co-responsibility. Our experts in Germany and in more than 100 countries have a major task here: convincing people that it is worthwhile and important to get information and get involved. Today we have to ask ourselves how we can remain competitive, how speed and political participation go together and how we can increase the attraction of liberal democracy and its open society to authoritarian systems. Based on our Christian-democratic understanding of freedom, we see our task in strengthening both: the willingness of each individual to take responsibility and the awareness of the cohesion that every democratic country needs.
The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung has organized its program priorities in India into five working areas:
- Foreign and Security Policy
- Economic, Climate and Energy Policy
- Rule of Law
- Political Dialogue focussed on multilateralism and Indo-German relations
- Media and Youth
In implementing its project and programs, the Foundation cooperates with Indian partner organisations, such as Think Tanks, Government and Non-Governmental Institutions. More information about the KAS-Partners can be seen via the link Partner.