The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom in Africa

We promote democracy, free markets, innovation, human rights, press freedom & climate change awareness in the region
Emisha Hackathon
Some participants of the 2019 Emisha hackathon in Zimbabwe at Victoria Falls capture the moment before the innovation for freedom project started.Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom sub-Saharan Africa

We are the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF Africa)​, an independent German organisation that is committed to promoting liberal policy and politics around the world in the form of human rights, the rule of law, democracy, an opensociety, innovation, digitalisation and free trade. We have been active in sub-Saharan Africa since 1991. We organise campaigns, media events, seminars, workshops, study tours, cultural happenings and training courses.

FNF Chairperson Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Paqué

“When liberals promise “good governance” in an election campaign, they have to deliver. That means: a resolute fight against corruption, implementation of constitutional principles, fair and open procedures of tendering, guaranteed by a competent and swift administrative practice.”


FNF Chairperson Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Paqué

We have activities in many countries in the region such as Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya, Mali, Namibia, Tanzania, Uganda, Senegal, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia. We prioritise human rights including freedom of expression, freedom of the press, violence against women, capital punishment, children’s rights and LGBTQI+ rights. We believe that Africa has to be free from corruption, free from red-tape, in order to be free to advance. 

At a regional level, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom works with civil society and political networks throughout sub-Saharan Africa in order to promote liberal ideas and ideals. We partner with organisations such as the Africa Liberal Network, an alliance of over fourty African liberal democratic parties and organisations representing over thirty African countries. The Africa Liberal Network is an associated organisation of Liberal International, the political family to which liberal democratic parties belong. Through our partnerships, we can provide platforms for like-minded liberals in Africa to share information, experience, skills and ideas. We advance international liberal change-makers through the Foundation’s International Academy for Leadership, which is a forum and venue for international political dialogue where African liberals, through our partnerships, get an opportunity to share political experiences, address cultural issues and jointly seek liberal solutions to current problems with fellow liberals from across the world.