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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.

Are German political foundations part of the German development cooperation?

Yes, German political foundations are part of the broader German development cooperation and receive their funding via the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (see above). Their central development-policy task is the sustainable promotion or establishment of democracy and civil society. Being independent entities, the foundations can even act in ways which are largely independent of agreements made within the framework of the bilateral government development cooperation.

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.

Who does HSF work with in Pakistan?

You may find a list of HSF Pakistan's collaborations here.

How can my organization become a partner of HSF Pakistan?

If your local organization works in the service of democracy, peace and development in Pakistan or South Asia, you are welcome to present your project proposal to us. You will find our contact details here.

Please note that due to HSF's rules and regulations all our project activities must be planned thoroughly and in good time. HSF can only support project activities that are initiated and fostered by partners and in accordance with its triennial focus areas. All partner organizations are required to contribute to the respective project activities.

What is Model CCI?

Model CCI is part of the HSF initiative Young Leaders and a nation-wide simulation of the Council of Common Interests (CCI) at numerous Pakistani universities. Model CCI has been organized by HSF in cooperation with the Senate of Pakistan, the Higher Education Commission and the Ministry for Interprovincial Cooperation since 2015. HSF offers the best students of this debating competition the opportunity to partake in a number of events in Pakistan and Europe. For more information on this please see our independent webpage on Model CCI.

Can I work with HSF Pakistan?

Yes, you can, and we appreciate your interest in our office! HSF Pakistan continuously publishes job vacancies on this website including paid internships for students.

Kindly make sure to submit your complete application documents exactly as per the job advertisements, since we cannot accept any unsolicited or incomplete applications or applications submitted via social media channels. We are looking forward to hearing from you.

Can HSF finance my academic studies in Germany?

Yes, HSF offers scholarships to young Pakistani graduates and postgraduates who are exceptional in their academic performance and can speak German well. The Foundation financially supports them with up to 1,200 Euro per month for up to two years plus additional travel allowances etc. For more information, please see studying in Germany.

Why the HSF Scholarship Programme?

Our scholarship programmes promote talented individuals. They enrich studies – and not just financially. More than 1,000 fellows are currently receiving a scholarship from HSF’s Institute for Scholarship Programmes. These scholarships consist of both conceptual and financial support to contribute to the education of personally and academically qualified young academics and to reward outstanding scholarly achievements in doctoral programmes. Conceptual support means: participating in courses aimed at enabling fellows to critically and constructively contribute to the development of the democratic rule of law. For more information please cf. this with our flyer.

What is the HSF Career Network?

The HSF Pakistan initiative Young Leaders includes a prestigious Career Network. This network brings together young talented people of exceptional academic achievement and outstanding political or social commitment who take on responsibility in Pakistan's society and are keen to broaden their international horizon. All Young Leaders are nominated by HSF Pakistan.

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 official think tank of the centre-right European People's Party. HSF is also a member of the European Network of Political Foundations from 22 countries within the EU.

How can I follow HSF Pakistan's current activities?

To find out more about our current projects in Pakistan, please follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook. To see photos of our past events, make sure to visit our Instagram gallery.

Where are the press releases of HSF Pakistan saved?

You may find the latest press releases of HSF Pakistan here. For press photos, please contact our Country Office. Kindly note that German press releases of HSF HQ are published on the main press website of HSF Germany.

Where can I find out more about the German-Pakistan 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. For more information on the German-Pakistan bilateral relations, make sure to visit the Pakistan page of the German Federal Foreign Office and the homepage of Pakistan's Embassy in Germany.

You will find information on the current Pakistan projects of the German development agency GIZ on its country page.

How to contact HSF Pakistan?

You can contact our Management Team here.