The association of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom with Sri Lanka is nearly five decades old. During the period 1968 to 2013, and upon recommencing its work in 2016 the Foundation's work focuses primarily on the core values of freedom and responsibility. The Foundation's contribution to Sri Lanka's political, socio-economic development over the years is well accepted, recognized and appreciated by legislators, opinion leaders, academics, and civil society actors.
“Happy” Bhutan threatened by climate change and geopolitics
For decades, the small Kingdom of Bhutan, has carefully controlled its exposure to the more materialistic lifestyles adopted elsewhere in the world. It’s concept of Gross National Happiness (GNH) taking precedence over Gross Domestic Product (GDP), as envisioned by that nation’s 4th King, Jigme Singye Wangchuck has won Bhutan the status of being the only carbon neutral country in the world. It also fares pretty well on the world happiness index.
South Asian travel trade banking on regional tourism
The coronavirus pandemic has decimated the travel industry in most parts of the world and professionals in the tourist trade in South Asia are hoping regional and domestic tourism will save the day.
World Press Freedom Day 2021
The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom wanted to find out how journalists in Sri Lanka see their role in 2021 in providing information as a public good. In a panel discussion three representatives of the media discussed with Roel Raymond
Leading the Nation through inclusion, equality and educational reforms
The women were invited to share their vision for the country, in a ten-minute presentation, if they ever have the opportunity of leading the country.
Representation and Empowerment: Ten women and their call for Diversity and Inclusion
Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, together with NextGenSL, organised an event named "iLead", which was held on the 8th of March to commemorate International Women's day and shine a spotlight on what reforms women felt they deserved, through having ten highly accomplished women to make a ten minute speech on what they would change and do differently if they were to become president.
Not all heroes wear capes, but a lot of them wear saris, duppattas and whatever they want to.
At the wake of this Pandemic women are working twice as much. They are taking care of the household and also working from home. Their work hours as compared to men has been doubled. But in a complex society like ours intersectionality also plays a huge role in the discrimination against women.
Road to Prosperity through COVID-19 Pandemic
The current crisis period is the best time to exploit the emerging opportunities to undertake most of the above reforms and to correct the deep-rooted structural issues and weaknesses.