Our office in New Delhi oversees programs both in India and neighboring countries and has been in operation since 1990. In India, we work on our four focal areas: market economy, urban governance, digital transformation and human rights. We focus on making cities more liberal for their citizens, harnessing the power of the revolutionary Right to Information Act, ensuring property rights for marginalised communities as well as we support Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Rights in India. We pursue these goals in partnership with policymakers, business leaders, national and international NGOs, universities as well as think tanks.
Right to Information: A tool to combat disinformation
India passed the Right to Information (RTI) Act in 2005 which gave the hope of transparency and accountability to its citizens. Since its adoption more than a decade ago, the act has helped in highlighting several frauds and enabled citizens to hold government and public authorities accountable for their actions. However, over time the essence of the RTI Act has been systematically eroded.
Custodial Torture and Police Brutality in India
The lockdown due to the Corona pandemic showed once again that police violence and torture in custody are a major problem in India. Significant is the case of P. Jayaraj and J. Fenix, who were tortured in judicial custody and succumbed to their injuries after two days. They were arrested for keeping their small mobile phone and accessories shop open just 15 minutes beyond the state government imposed curfew.
Labor Law Reform: Promises and Limitations
Amidst the numerous news flashes pertaining to the global pandemic, the current administration has introduced a slew of bold economic reforms. Relaxations in labor law have been instituted in the states of Uttar Pradesh (UP), Gujarat, and Madhya Pradesh (MP), whereby for a period of three years, these states will be exempt from nearly all existing central and state labor laws.
Misinformation and Healthcare: The Infodemic in India
COVID-19 has been spreading across India and the world. However, there is something else spreading with a similar virality—fake news and misinformation. False data, miracle cures, conspiracy theories and religious discrimination have gained traction as they circulate on WhatsApp and Facebook. The intent of this report is to categorize some of the false narratives surrounding the coronavirus pandemic in India.
Fighting Poverty using Innovative Technology
The Action Research in Community Health and Development (ARCH) has partnered with the Regional Office of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom South Asia in empowering marginalized farmers with property rights titles, especially women, by using IT-based methodology to improve their livelihood. Indians living in rural and forest areas have suffered historic alienation because they were denied their traditional right to property and livelihood. These communities have consequently lived in the most impoverished conditions, with poor infrastructure and less access to health care.
#InnovatingFreedomStories in South Asia
Liberals have profound interest in understanding technological trends as they seek progress in all dimensions. By not just thinking about what new technologies can offer, but also how using them can promote freedom through digital platforms, the regional office of South Asia organized for the third time the Liberal Innovation Bootcamp.
TOR for creative design agency
The Regional Office of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) in New Delhi is looking for a creative design agency. The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) is an international non-profit organization promoting the ideas of liberal democracy, respect for human rights, good governance, economic freedom, and digital transformation