Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.v. (KAS)
The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.v. (KAS) is a German non-governmental organisation. Established in 1955 as “Society for Christian-Democratic Civic Education”, the Foundation took on the name of the first Federal Chancellor Konrad Adenauer in 1964. It started its international co-operation programmes in 1962 and focuses on consolidating democracy, the unification of Europe and on development cooperation. The Foundation carries out assignments in the fields of civil society development, governance, parliamentary support and co-operation, rule of law, human rights protection, gender, media promotion, decentralisation and local democracy promotion, as well as poverty alleviation in more than 100 countries on four continents. In this regard, KAS functions as a political think-tank as well as a development consultancy.
KAS strongly emphasises the dialogue and free exchange of viewpoints and ideas, the cornerstones of an open, democratic society. In more than 80 countries, branch offices are set up to coordinate and implement projects in co-operation with more than 200 local partner organisations. The average project duration is between 3-12 years and KAS is currently operating and supporting over 200 projects worldwide.
Through its worldwide activities, the KAS is an active member in several local and international networks. As a result the KAS has excellent access to local and international experts and stakeholders in the different fields of intervention.