The Konrad Adenauer Foundation (Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, KAS) is a Christian organisation affiliated with the conservative CDU party. It operates programmes in more than 200 countries worldwide. “On a national and international level, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation promotes civic education and European integration, supports art and culture, provides talented students and postgraduates with scholarships and documents and researches on the historic development of the Christian-democratic movement.” (Wikipedia: Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, accessed on 30 October 2008, translation by ACCORD)
Target group:
National: general public, media, civil society
International: state institutions, NGOs, civil society
National: civic education, organisation of symposia and congresses, scholarships and education programmes for gifted students, cultural activities
International: In the field of international cooperation, KAS cooperates with state and non-state actors and organisations with the objective of contributing to peace building in politically and socioeconomically unstable regions, e.g. the Middle East, of promoting human rights, democratisation and free market economy (cp. KAS Website, http://www.kas.de/wf/de/71.3756/, accessed on 30 October 2008).
KAS is mostly funded by public funds, with a majority consisting of project funding (61,8 percent). Private donations and membership fees make up about 2,3 percent of its budget, according to the organisation (cp. KAS Website, http://www.kas.de/wf/de/71.3712/, accessed on 30 October 2008).
Scope of reporting:
Geographic Focus: KAS runs an international network with more than 70 offices worldwide, which operate more than 200 projects in 120 countries.
Thematic Focus: development policies, globalisation, international security, human rights and democracy, Europe, global challenges
Reporting methodology:
Expert reports and analyses by staff members of the respective country offices; in some reports, citation of secondary sources
Publication cycle:
KAS publishes a number of periodicals and publications on special issues (e.g. climatic change, globalisation, contemporary history). The periodical Auslandsinformationen (information on foreign issues)is published monthly. Other publication series include Analysen und Argumente (analyses and arguments), Die Politische Meinung (the political opinion) and Arbeitspapiere (working papers) (KAS Website, http://www.kas.de/wf/de/71.3591/, accessed on 30 October 2008)
German, some publications available in English; Website: German, English, French, Spanish
Navigation of website:
In order to access Country of Origin Information, follow the link “Publications” in the menu at the top of the homepage. Full-text search and links to publication series and special reports are to be found in the menu on the right-hand side of the sub site “Publications”
Additional reference:
Think Tank Directory Deutschland: Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung
http://www.thinktankdirectory.org/directory/kas.shtml (accessed on 30 October 2008)
Wikipedia: Konrad Adenauer Foundation
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (accessed on 30 October 2008)
Wikipedia: Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung
http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (accessed on 30 October 2008)
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