The Rosa Luxemburg Foundation has supported projects in Asia since 2002. Our countries of focus in South Asia are India, Nepal, and Bangladesh. In East and Southeast Asia, we are active mainly in Vietnam, China, and the Phillipines. Our office in Almaty, Kazakhstan coordinates our work in Centra Asia.

Asia is a region characterized by diversity and tensions, a continent exposed to rapid processes of change and modernization that have lifted millions of people out of poverty in recent decades and provided them with the opportunity to build their lives. At the same time, many of its inhabitants are (still) affected by social and ecological issues, domestic and transnational conflicts and wars, as well as large-scale refugee and migration movements. 

In turn, people throughout Asia  are actively searching for ways to respond to these existential challenges. In conversation with them, the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation strives to learn how they perceive the situation, how they intend to solve existing social problems, and, wherever possible, lend its support to joint projects aimed at bringing these ideas to fruition.

Taking into account the diversity and complexities of political, social, and economic challenges, and the possibilities of taking action in the various countries and regions across the continent, the foundation focuses its work in Asia on:

  • Pushing for greater social justice
  • Lending its support to initiatives for socio-economic transformation 
  • Fostering the democratization of political praxis and strengthening civic action 
  • Analysing the worlds of work and strengthening workersorganizations
  • Food sovereignty
  • Emancipatory education 
  • Refugees and migration 
  • Positive peace
  • Climate justice

In pursuit of these aims, the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation works together with local partner organizations and engaged individual civil society actors, research and teaching institutions, workers’ organizations, and policy think tanks.

Asia Unit

Role Details
Unit Head, Asia Philip Degenhardt
Room: 411
Senior Advisor for AsiaDr. Leonie Schiffauer
Phone: +49 30 44310 155
Room: 408
Project Manager forSoutheast Asia (Maritime) and South Asia Ines Burmeister
Phone: +49 30 44310153
Room: 410
Project Manager for South Asia and Central Asia Janny Hollstein
Phone: +49 30 44310 446
Room: 410
Project Manager Southeast Asia (Mainland) and China Canan Kus
Phone: +49 30 44310 426
Room: 409