The Foundation was established in Germany in 1958. It aims to promote the goal of making the principle of freedom valid for the dignity of all people and in all areas of society, both in Germany and abroad. The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom works in over 65 countries worldwide. In South Asia we have offices in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Additionally we work with partners in Nepal. We promote civic education, trainings and the exchange of ideas in the region in four focal areas. These are economic freedom, human rights, urban governance and digital transformation. In addition to the country projects, the Foundation supports regional programs.
The Consequences of Taliban Takeover in Afghanistan
‘The Consequences’ is a set of short essays that provides a general overview on Afghanistan’s current situation under the Taliban’s second reign. Each essay will try to respond to a specific fundamental question related to Afghanistan’s situation, the consequences of the measures that will be taken in Afghanistan by key players and possible upcoming scenarios.
Restarting Education in South Asia
The world is facing one of the biggest challenges of recent times with the breakout of the Covid19 pandemic. The pandemic has not only created a health challenge but also multiplied to become an economic, social, and psychological challenge. One of its major victims is the education delivery to children as schools and educational institutions have been shut for one and a half years and the uncertainty continues.
Right to Information
The first Right to Information (RTI) law was enacted by Sweden in 1766 to access the information held by the king, following which 121 countries have adopted their own comprehensive RTI laws. 90% of the world’s population now has access to an RTI law or policy. Several international human rights instruments, like the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, recognize the importance of Access to Information.
COVID19: Situation in Pakistan
It was a ‘pleasant surprise’ to see Pakistan in the 3rd place on the Normalcy Index, as mentioned in the July edition of ‘The Economist’ . Was it vaccination, lock down, smart lock down or economic policies attached to COVID-19 or everything in combination?
Fifty Years of Independence: An Overview of Bangladesh’s Development
In the mid-1970s, shortly after Bangladesh gained independence from Pakistan on 16 December 1971, Henry Kissinger dismissively called Bangladesh a “basket case.” Today the country has attained sustainable economic growth, significant poverty reduction, and continued improvements in human development indicators.
Afghanistan: India’s Afghan Policy Hostage to Domestic Politics
When India was celebrating its Independence Day on Aug 15, 2021, Taliban was concluding its blitzkrieg through Afghanistan and took over Kabul. Amongst all the governments in Afghanistan’s neighbourhood, India seems to have been completely unprepared for the consequences of the US withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.
Nepal: Political instability, growth, and the role of think-tanks
In the 1990s, after the restoration of multi-party democracy, the hopes and aspirations of a free and prosperous Nepal amongst its citizenry were profound. The sentiment was fathomable, as the structure they envisioned meant that all people, even those that did not belong to the elite class, had an equal shot at prosperity. Unfortunately, after three decades of democracy, their hopes and vision have not yet materialized.