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What is HSF?

Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF, in German: Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung) is a German political foundation that is affiliated to the German governing party Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU). Since its founding in 1967, HSF has been engaged in democratic and civic education. This educational work is based on an idea of man that incorporates the free development of personality and personal responsibility just as much as social responsibility and solidarity. The institution is named after Hanns Seidel, the former Prime Minister of Bavaria (1957-1960) and former CSU Chairman (1955-1961).

What is a German political foundation?

A German political foundation (in German: Politische Stiftung) is a party-associated and mostly taxpayer-money funded political organization in Germany. Each political foundation is associated to a party that has been elected to seats in the German federal parliament (in German: Bundestag) as a constant political power. All political foundations intent to strengthen and stabilize democratic development in Germany and internationally through political education.

Why political education?

Political education is required for democratic development. German political foundations offer education on democracy to create an open society that is able to participate in the democratic development process with as much knowledge as possible. Since understanding of democracy needs to be secured again with each generation, political contexts always need to be made clear, especially to young people.

Why do German political foundations work abroad at all?

We live in a globalized and multilateral world: the more people and governments interact, the more they need to work together in a responsible manner and create lasting networks. Non-governmental organizations like political foundations also offer the possibility to deal with social and political issues worldwide at the most immediate level, namely with the citizens. The slogan of HSF is: in the service of democracy, peace and development. Therefore, we stand for a comprehensive approach in the field of development cooperation.

Are German political foundations governmental or non-governmental organizations?

From an international perspective, the German political foundations are unique and they are non-governmental: they are not owned or funded by (but funded via) the German government’s executive branch and they are financially, legally and organizationally independent of each political party. As independent non-profit organizations, the foundations work by order of the German federal parliament and they receive most of their funding from there as well. Nevertheless, all programs are independent from the German federal parliament as well.

What is HSF currently doing in Pakistan?

As defined in HSF’s current focus areas, the organization is strengthening 1) the understanding of administrative structures in Pakistan, 2) regional and international dialogue between Germany, Pakistan and its neighbors, and 3) academic research and exchange in Pakistan, so that policy makers can make informed decisions, point out specific issues, or readjust existing policies.

Within these focus areas, the initiatives always come from our Pakistani partners who strive to find local solutions to local problems in order to create sustainable stability. HSF also strives for this stability and understands to be part of an interconnected world: our partnership-based approach focuses on ownership by local organizations and transparency. For more information, please cf. this with our work in Pakistan.

What is Model CCI?

Model CCI is a nation-wide simulation of the Council of Common Interests, which is organized by HSF in cooperation with the Senate of Pakistan, the Higher Education Commission, and the Ministry for Interprovincial Cooperation at 40 public sector universities in Pakistan. HSF offers the best students of Model CCI the opportunity to partake in a number of trainings and conferences in Pakistan and Europe.

Can HSF finance my academic studies in Germany?

Yes, HSF offers scholarships to German speaking post-graduate students, who have shown academic excellence, for further studies in Germany. For more information, please see studying in Germany.

Does HSF Pakistan participate in the annual German-Pakistan Government-to-Government Negotiations or Consultations?

Since HSF is not a governmental organization, it is not part of any Government-to-Government Negotiations or Consultations, but an independent entity within the broader German-Pakistan development cooperation.

What is the legal basis for HSF working in Pakistan?

It's the Memorandum of Understanding between HSF and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan from 2018.

Why is HSF Munich-based?

HSF is a CSU-associated organization. CSU operates only in Bavaria and is headquartered in Munich.

Is HSF a member of any greater political network?

Amongst others, HSF is a member foundation of the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies, the 10th biggest think tank worldwide and the official think tank of the European People's Party. For more information on this think tank, please visit its website.

Where can I find out more about the German-Pakistan development cooperation in general?

For general information on the German-Pakistan development cooperation, please visit the Pakistan country profile of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.