Hanns Seidel Foundation is an independent German think tank located in Munich (Bavaria). Its main tasks are political education and research, consulting in a variety of policy fields, international cooperation and development and help for national and international students. Since more than 20 years the Institut fur Internationale Begegnung und Zusammenarbeit (IBZ) or Institute for International Contact and Cooperation of Hanns Seidel Foundation is involved in development projects. Today, projects in 55 countries are carried out.
Important for this work are:
- Political Dialogue and Education
- Improvement of administrative structures and the rule of law
- Management training and institution building, especially with NGO
- Vocational training systems
In the Republic of Korea currently the focus is on three projects:
- Reconciliation on the Korean Peninsula and preparation of the country for possible reunification
- Improvement of local administration and autonomy, especially in rural areas
- Improvement of the position of women in politics and society
Among our partners are official institutions (like the Research Institute for Local Councils) as well as NGOs (like the Institute for Peace Affairs or the Center for Korean Women and Politics). On an occasional basis Hanns Seidel Foundation cooperated for example with Chollabuk-Do provincial government, IFANS, KINU, academic societies like the Korean Association of International Studies etc.