About us


Welcome to the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung!

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) is a non-profit German political foundation and one of the leading think tanks worldwide. We are affiliated with Germany’s largest political party, the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU), headed by Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, who also serves as one of the Foundation’s board members. Today, we operate in 120 countries worldwide, implementing over 200 programmes. KAS receives around 98% of its funding from Germany’s Federal Ministries approved by the German Parliament. The work of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung is subject to strict German federal government spending regulations with regard to transparency and audit that also require compliance with the laws of the countries we are working in. In this regard, we also consider the national and cultural contexts and demands of each country we are cooperating with.

Freedom, justice and solidarity are the basic principles underlying the work of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. 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 200 projects in over 120 countries, we make a unique contribution to the promotion of political participation, 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.

As a think tank and consulting agency, our research and analyses serve as a basis to stakeholders in Germany and around the globe for an informed decision-making. Through our manifold partnerships, we provide a network for dialogue and develop and carry out our projects in close collaboration with local decision-makers, at home and abroad. Sharing our expertise thus becomes a joint learning process for all and contributes to a better understanding between different cultures in a globalized world.


The KAS Regional Programme Gulf States

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung’s Regional Programme Gulf States works with the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Its main objective is to improve mutual understanding between the region, Germany, and European countries. KAS sees itself as a networking hub with close connections to stakeholders such as members of government and the administration, parliamentarians, as well as professionals from academia, think tanks, business, and the media. It also connects with students and the youth. We believe that trust and mutual understanding are key components to the successful exchange of ideas and creating long-term and sustainable partnerships for the future.

In the Gulf region, we place particular emphasis on creating multinational platforms for discussion and knowledge transfer between stakeholders. We place particular emphasis on four main areas of engagement: economic diversification, security enhancement, civil society cooperation, as well as political and intercultural dialogue.

Our programme engages in the field of economic diversification by encouraging macro-policies that follow the principles of the Social Market Economy. To this end, we support innovations of SMEs as a means for the creation of new jobs and of achieving economic prosperity. KAS tries to stimulate and support competition and entrepreneurship in the GCC countries, especially when it uses sustainable methods and opens educational and employment possibilities for women and the youth.

KAS further focuses on issues of security: We seek to strengthen the security cooperation between the Gulf countries on the one hand, and Germany as well as Europe on the other hand. To achieve this goal, KAS encourages bilateral and multilateral dialogue about regional and collective security. It also supports initiatives regarding joint crisis management. KAS is convinced that this cooperation is essential in order to find solutions to regional and global security threats. The collaboration is especially important in the fields of countering terrorism and extremism, as well as migration.

Educated, responsible, and engaged citizens are the bedrock of strong societies and a vital pillar in withering challenges erupting from regional crises. Taking an interest in societal developments, KAS encourages initiatives of civil society for positive social change leading to women empowerment, youth participation, and corporate social responsibility.

In addition, KAS strives to foster dialogue with the Gulf. We aspire to contributing to a better political and cultural understanding between Europe and the Gulf states. KAS believes a deeper understanding between the two regions provides a strong basis for reducing prejudices and stereotypical images. Furthermore, we believe it to be stepping stone furthering economic relations, heightening security arrangements, and reducing regional conflicts.

Throughout its work, KAS seeks to achieve these goals through the implementation of projects and conducting research on the region in collaboration with stakeholders from the Gulf States. Projects take different formats, for example delegation visits, conferences, workshops, trainings, scholar and internship programs, and media trainings. We also offer consultancy for decision-makers in the region, which is based on KAS’s own research and professional networks.