Political Foundations

The party-affiliated foundations are active in Israel in a variety of ways.

Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES)

Since 1978, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES) has been the first German political foundation to have an official office in Israel. The first projects were carried out with partners from trade unions and representatives of Israeli social democracy. Since then, the work of the FES in Israel has expanded to include a wide range of topics such as youth research, gender studies, conflict research, and democratic theory.

Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNS)

The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNS) has been active in Israel since 1983. The educational events of the foundation and its partners cover classical liberal topics such as individual freedom and democracy, the rule of law, the market economy and human rights. The FNS offers Israeli students and doctoral candidates the opportunity to participate in the foundation’s scholarship programme.

Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSS)

The work of the Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSS) in Israel and the Palestinian Territories focuses on empowering minorities and marginalised social groups and promoting citizen-centred governance. The work of the HSS includes, among other things, seminars, courses, discussion days, subject-related educational measures, teacher training and further education, and citizens’ activities.

Heinrich Böll Foundation (HBS)

The Israel Office of the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Tel Aviv began its work in spring 1998. The office is primarily active in the fields of environmental protection and sustainable development, gender issues and democracy, foreign and security policy and German-Israeli dialogue.

Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS)

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung has been working in Israel since 1980. The focus is on strengthening democracy and the rule of law in Israel, as well as on efforts to promote peaceful coexistence between Israel and its neighbours and among the various population groups within Israel. In addition, there is the cultivation and deepening of relations between Germany and Israel, which are increasingly being expanded to include the Israeli-European dimension.

Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung (RLS)

The Rosa Luxemburg Foundation’s activities in Israel have been working with project partners in the country since 2002 and opened an office in Tel Aviv in March 2009. The Foundation’s priority is to support democratic components of civil society. Regional target groups and partners are socially engaged groups and civil society organisations, youth and women, as well as trade unions and trade union-related educational associations. Project and cooperation partners are also universities, academic and student circles.