Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS)
The Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) has evolved from the Society for Christian Democratic Educational Work that was established in 1955 and has been bearing the name of the first Federal Chancellor since 1964. As a political foundation it operates in two education centres and 16 education institutes nationwide. Around the world, its offices abroad look after more than 200 projects in more than 120 countries.
Its main focus occupies the fields
- Globalisation: the globalisation poses a challenge at lifestyle and culture for the industrial countries as well as for the emerging markets and the developing countries
- Islam und democracy: boundaries and possibilities of the dialogue
- Climate change: the biggest challenge of the humankind
- Price "social market economy": "Social market economy not confirms in codes but in cerebration and action of the people." (Richard von Weizsäcker).
Aims and objectives of the CDU: materials for the discussion about the programme.
Security in the Middle East: strengthening of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
Contemporary history: "Man muss das Gestern kennen, man muss auch an das Gestern denken, wenn man das Morgen gut und dauerhaft gestalten will." (Konrad Adenauer).
The Konrad Adenauer Foundation operates as a think-tank and consulting agency, developing background information and current analyses.
Its academy in Berlin is the forum for discourse about issues of future relevance in politics, the economy, the church, society, and science.
- organises more than 2,500 meetings and congresses attended by 145,000 people each year in Germany alone
- provides moral and material support to gifted young people not only from Germany but also from Central and Eastern Europe and from the developing countries. It keeps close contacts with its alumni, who by now number more than 8,800
- supports young artists and awards the literature price of the KAS once a year
- promotes young journalists in dedicated projects and a proper price for local journalism and
- maintains the Archive for Christian Democratic Politics with a special library that provides for users around 157,000 publications on politics and contemporary history alongside a large volume of documents and modern media.