About us

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) is a think tank. 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. The foundation’s headquarters are situated in Sankt Augustin near Bonn, and also in Berlin. There, an additional conference center, named “The Academy”, was opened in 1998.

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.

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.

As a think-tank and consulting agency, our soundly researched scientific fundamental concepts and current analyses are meant to offer a basis for possible political action. The Berlin Academy is the national forum of dialogue between the spheres of politics, economy, science, and society.

Our conferences and events attract people who 'have something to say'. In Germany, we offer more than 2,500 events per year which attract 145,000 participants. We provide moral and material support to intellectually gifted young people, not only from Germany, but also from Central and Eastern Europe and developing countries. We stay in close contact with our more than 10.000 alumni.

Exhibitions, readings, and awards are also distinctive elements of our work. We promote young artists, and annually award our prestigious Literary Prize. Our scholarship programs help young journalists by offering them projects specifically geared to their needs. Since 1980, we have annually awarded a prize for excellent local journalism. Since 2002, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung has awarded its “Prize Social Market Economy” to personalities of exceptional merit in safeguarding and developing the social market economy.

The Archive for Christian Democratic Politics researches and studies the history of Christian Democracy in Germany and Europe. Interested readers profit from an enormous number of documents, modern media, and a library containing more than 157,000 publications on politics and contemporary history.

Regional Project Climate Change and Energy Security Asia-Pacific (RECAP)

The Konrad Adenauer Foundation responds to the growing regional and global importance of access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and clean energy in a world of a dramatically changing climate by its regional project “Energy Security and Climate Change Asia-Pacific”. Climate change and energy security are among the biggest challenges for many Asian countries in the coming decades.

We accompany these developments constructively by establishing and strengthening networks of political and social decision makers in Asia and Pacific, building platforms for personal and professional exchange, participation in scientific discourses and the development of best practice are key tools of our project work. We strengthen the awareness of the necessity of sustainable energy and climate policies and support the exchange with German and European partners. We provide periodical background information, analysis of recent developments in the region and results of our project works. Along with other KAS regional and country programmes, we are part of a global network.

We strive to direct the attention of the political and economic decision makers in Asia on the fact that a sustainable energy supply and an effective climate protection are an essential basis for future prosperity and development of the region – and that a sustainable policy is no contradiction to further economic and social development. Both aims can only be achieved through an enforced intraregional cooperation. All sustainable concepts that are intended to be successfully implemented by decision makers and society in Asia cannot be imposed from outside. The region offers multiple possibilities to find new paths and tools for a sustainable development.

Our current projects are focused on:

A) Resource Security

B) Sustainable Development Goals and Digitalization

C) Sustainable Urbanization

Germany as actor in the global energy and climate politics

By the end of 2010, Germany decided to almost completely rely on renewable energies until 2050. Through this “Energiewende” (energy turn / energy transition ), Germany aims on lowering the emission of climate-damaging greenhouse gases drastically and on reducing its dependence on imported fossil energy sources in the long run. Germany can build on its long tradition of innovation power in the field of eco-friendly, efficient and renewable energies. However, a successful execution of the Energiewende largely depends on a broad consensus in society and companies. New favourable economic frameworks and conditions for the use of renewable energies have to be created. This step caused enormous political and economic challenges for Germany – nationally as well as internationally.