Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom 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, 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. 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.

Whistle-blower Protection Week 2022

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Whistle-blower Protection Week was hosted in Johannesburg, South Africa on 5-6 December 2022. The event was organise by Platform to Protect Whistleblowers in Africa together with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation at the Gordon Institute of Business Science. The event brought together different stakeholders from government, civil society and the media. One of the highlights of the event was the creation of a mural honouring whistle-blowers.

Let’s Talk Human Rights

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Let’s Talk Human Rights – A podcast investigating the current state of human rights in Africa.

Even in democratic constitutional states, human rights violations occur on a regular basis. However, emerging and developing countries, like most African countries, are particularly affected. 

This podcast series takes us on a journey through sub-Saharan Africa and together, we will meet witnesses from East, West and Southern Africa.

These witnesses will share their current experiences, looking specifically at human rights violations with regards to education, women and children rights, racism, xenophobia, LGBT+ rights and press freedom, to name a few.

A special thank you goes to the Ugandan musician, opposition leader and presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, popularly known as “Bobi Wine”, who generously made his song "Situka!" available to our podcast, –“Let’s Talk Human Rights”.
Proudly brought to you by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom in sub-Saharan Africa.

Freedom Pioneers of Africa

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The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom in sub-Saharan Africa presents the cross-regional radio programme “Freedom Pioneers of Africa”. In twelve episodes, local change-makers present their successful projects and discuss topics such as innovation, digitalisation and entrepreneurship. The programme airs on community radio stations in six countries in the Africa and is released here as a podcast.
The featured entrepreneurs discuss topics related to energy, education, health, security, financial inclusion, agriculture, climate and waste management. The audience is encouraged to give feedback about the initiatives being presented to them by the change-maker during the live radio broadcast. An external global connect expert then helps analyse the initiative and provides input on how it can be transformed into an even bigger global product.

The programme, presented in English, airs on eighteen community radio stations in South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, and Malawi. Each episode has a length of 10 - 15 minutes.

Promoting Civil Liberties In East Africa - DW News Report

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The COVID-19 pandemic has not just affected the health and economies of
countries - it has proven to be a significant threat to civil liberties and democracy as a whole. Particularly in Africa, the crisis has presented an opportunity for authoritarians to strengthen their grip on power and further erode core civil freedoms. This has been especially acute in East Africa where recent general elections in Tanzania and Uganda have seen an intensification of power abuse and restrictions on freedom of assembly, speech and media.
Accordingly, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) has sought to get to the forefront of protecting and promoting civil liberties in East Africa. We recently commissioned in-depth interviews (IDIs) and a quantitative survey to inform a strategic playbook to assist it and partners to drive a liberal restart in
2021. On 25 February 2021, FNF hosted an event in Nairobi to report on the findings of this one-of-a-kind survey and launch the
playbook. The event was attended by a number of key individuals from the political, government, diplomatic, media and NGO sectors.

Key speakers were:
Inge Herbert, Regional Director Sub-Saharan Africa – Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom.

Jonathan Moakes, GQR – Lead Researcher, presenting survey findings and playbook recommendations.

Nicholas Opiyo, Ugandan Human Rights Lawyer.

Dr Willy Munyoki Mutunga, Former Chief Justice - Kenya.

Judie Kaberia, Human Rights Activist, Moderator, Journalist was the event moderator.

This is DW News report of the event.

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