The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom in Central, East and Southeast Europe, South Caucasus and Central Asia (CESE)
Our Regional office in SofiaSome 25 years ago, the people living in the CESE region were still under communist rule. After a peaceful liberal revolution in most of the region’s countries, these people, in a historically very short time, succeeded in building democratic and market economy oriented systems with their newly acquired freedom. That is a huge success for liberal ideas. The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom has supported these people’s democratization and the building of their civil societies from the very beginning through political consultations and educational activities. Also, the Foundation actively helped develop the region’s economic restructuring process through public consultations and by conveying valuable liberal concepts, thereby facilitating these countries’ fast accession to the European Union.
The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom fosters the establishment of democratic structures by promoting liberal political parties and groups. A close network of political parties, citizens' initiatives, human rights organisations, think tanks and scientific institutions forms the basis of the Foundation’s activities.
We increasingly rely on transnational activities and cooperation with existing liberal networks. Partners in our networking activities are, among others, the international associations of liberals – Liberal International (LI) and the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats in Europe (ALDE), the liberal youth organizations International Federation of Liberal Youth (IFLRY) and the European Liberal Youth (LYMEC), as well as the European Liberal Forum (ELF) and regional associations. With the American Jewish Committee (AJC), we have cooperated on the programme ‘Promoting Tolerance’ since 1992.
Meet the new Regional Director
September 2014, Dr Rainer Adam took over as the new Regional Director of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom in Central, East and Southeast Europe, South Caucasus and Central Asia. Learn more about his previous projects in Asia and his future plans in the new region:
Before coming to Bulgaria, Dr Adam was Regional Director for Southeast and East Asia. He has more than 25 years of practical experience in Asia. Since 1990 he has been promoting liberal values, democracy, human rights, free trade and market economy in various Asian countries such as China, Singapore, India, Indonesia and Thailand for the FNF. He holds a PhD from Bonn University, Germany in agricultural economics. His expertise includes democracy promotion, political party development, good governance, citizens’ participation, property rights and land policy, economic policy, institutions and legal reform.