The Konrad Adenauer Foundation is a political foundation which operates two education centres and 16 education institutes nationwide. Around the world, our offices abroad look after more than 200 projects in more than 120 countries. We have two headquarters, one in Sankt Augustin near Bonn and one in Berlin.
To us, the name and the principles of Konrad Adenauer are a precept, a mission, and an obligation. The Stiftung has been bearing the name of the first Federal Chancellor since 1964, having evolved from the Society for Christian Democratic Educational Work that was established as early as 1955.
On the national and international level, we employ political education to promote peace, freedom, and justice. Our key concerns include consolidating democracy, promoting the unification of Europe, intensifying transatlantic relations, and development-policy cooperation.
As a think-tank and consulting agency, we develop scientific background information and current analyses, breaking the ground for political action. The Foundations`s Academy in Berlin provides a forum for discourse about issues of future relevance in politics, the economy, the church, society, and science.
At our meetings and congresses, we bring together people who 'have something to say'. Each year, we organise more than 2,500 events attended by 145,000 people in Germany alone.
We provide moral and material support to gifted young people not only from Germany but also from Central and Eastern Europe and from the developing countries. We keep close contacts with our alumni, who by now number more than 8,800.
Exhibitions, readings and awards complement our portfolio. We support young artists, and the renowned literature prize of the KAS is awarded once a year. There are dedicated projects to promote young journalists. Since 1980, we have been awarding a prize for local journalism. The Social Market Economy Prize of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung has been awarded since 2002 to personages of outstanding merit in preserving and developing social market economy.