About us - Rule of Law Programme Middle East and North Africa
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 Rule of Law Programme Middle East / North Africa is one of five regional rule of law programmes managed worldwide by the KAS. The regional approach is considered a supplement to the KAS national programmes in this sector with the aim of creating broader networks to further improve the effectiveness of the work in individual countries.
With the regional project KAS wishes to contribute towards the continual exchange of experience and information for the purposes of analysing deficits and determining the need for reform as far as conformity with the Rule of Law is concerned. Until now such contacts have been sporadic, even if the relevant parties were open to such contact. The Rule of Law Programme Middle East / North Africa is focusing on the following areas of interest:
- Promotion of structures in accordance with the rule of law and the promotion of democracy
- Separation of powers, in particular concerning the independence of the judiciary
- Protection of Human and Minority Rights
- Support of regional cooperation instruments promoting the rule of law and democracy
The activities of the programme in the abovementioned areas of concentration aim to promote primarily the rule of law development through regional seminars, research and training activities. The Rule of Law Programme Middle East / North Africa works together with local partners. By cooperating with local partners, it seeks to ensure that it responds to the most urgent needs and developments both in each country, and in the region as a whole. Through its regional approach, the programme aims to encourage its target groups to cooperate regionally, and to develop a regional network among the countries of the region and among experts within the region.