Asia / Middle East

The Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung has been supporting projects in Asia since 2002. The focus countries in South Asia are India, Nepal and Bangladesh. In East and Southeast Asia, the foundation is active mainly in Vietnam and China. Since 2000, the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung has been working in various countries in the Middle East and Turkey.

Regional Department Asia

Role Details
Leiterin Referat Asien/Naher Osten, Referentin für den Nahen Osten und Türkei Dr. Katja Hermann
Phone: +49 (0)30-44310-485
Room: 441
Referent für Süd-, Ost- und Südostasien Jörg Schultz
Phone: +49 (0)30 44310-154
Room: 442
Referentin für Zentralasien und Türkei Dr. Leonie Schiffauer
Phone: +49 30 44310 155
Room: 445
Projektmanager Türkei und Ostasien Dominic Noll
Phone: +49 30 44310 449
Room: 444
Projektmanager Süd- und Südostasien Philip Degenhardt
Phone: +49 (0)30 44310-426
Room: 444
Projektmanagerin Naher Osten Ines Burmeister
Phone: +49 (0)30 44310-153
Room: 443
Projektmanager Zentralasien Fabian Wisotzky
Phone: +49 30 44310 175
Room: 443

Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung has offices in Ramallah (Palestine Territory) and Tel Aviv (Israel), in Hanoi (Vietnam), New Delhi (India) and Beijing (China). In collaboration with its partner organizations in Asia, RLS is engaged in the following activities:

  • Promoting involvement and participation of all social groups in political decision-making
  • Achieving social justice and create access to public goods and services
  • Strengthening the dialogue between actors of the state, scientific community and civil society
  • Working towards gender equality
  • Working towards overcoming discrimination of social minorities
  • Supporting sustainable development and environment protection
  • Developing alternatives to the neo-liberal economic and development model
  • Shaping the present and future in a historically conscious manner
South Asia

The regional office of the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung in South Asia is based in New Delhi. The office co-ordinates the activities supported in Nepal, Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka. Engagement in the region began in 2002 with projects in the South Indian state of Karnataka and in Nepal. A regional programme was started two years later. Since 2010, the work is conducted by a team comprising of a resident representative and nine local staff members in New Delhi.

Currently, RLS has around twenty partner organizations in the region, including grassroots organizations, support groups, advocacy organizations, NGOs, academic institutions, think tanks and media organizations.

The activities of RLS in South Asia are directed at the following objectives:

  • Strengthening actors in the field of labour affairs to foster an analytical understanding of the new complexities in this sector and developing approaches to address these issues scientifically and practically
  • Supporting the development of concepts of left praxis with academics, intellectuals and civil society actors in order to advance a systematic societal debate on left approaches towards questions of contemporary concern
  • Addressing agrarian questions and fostering the integration of isolated approaches in the agrarian field particularly with regard to the ecological and economic sustainability of small-scale farming 

Within the framework of these overall objectives, the activities of RLS in South Asia include the promotion of a political dialogue on international future themes, the promotion of academic discussions on the situation of women in different spheres of life as well as strengthening independent media organizations.

RLS India: 

East and Southeast Asia

The Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung has been working with partner organizations in East and Southeast Asia since 2002.

The regional representative office in Hanoi was officially opened in early 2009. The work of the regional programme has also been extended to Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar.

Presently, RLS co-operates with nearly twenty partner organizations mainly in the university and civil society sectors in different provinces of Vietnam. Co-operations also include government institutions and focus on important issues regarding the country’s reform processes. In Cambodia, RLS supports a radio programme addressing women’s and human rights.

In order to contribute to a stable and socially just transformation process in the region, the activities supported by RLS advocate sustainable and equitable political decision-making processes with the participation of all concerned groups. Focus areas include education, gender equality, sustainability, civil society and participatory social decision-making, supporting socially disadvantaged groups and an exchange on alternative economic and societal models.

The RLS supports the following activities in Southeast Asia:

  • Groundwork for qualified decision-making in the form of social research on implications and possibilities of reform policies, as well as political consulting with a particular focus on gender and disadvantaged groups
  • Emancipatory capacity-building and co-ordination of civil society institutions, and support for the process of their recognition and participation in decision-making structures
  • Community-centred and regional approaches to sustainable development and resource utilization
  • International dialogue on development models and alternatives to neo-liberalism    

RLS Vietnam:

In China, the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung has been active since 2002 with dialogue and exchange projects. By appointing a representative and setting up an office in Beijing in 2008, RLS was able to expand its operations countrywide. The RLS office in China is conceived as a regional office, which in future will also support projects in North Korea and Mongolia.

Since starting its work in China, RLS has continuously increased its partner base and is presently working with around 20 Chinese partner organizations including academic and higher educational institutions, party- and government think tanks as well as non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

The Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung encourages dialogue on development models as well as projects in the fields of social justice and sustainable development. Thereby, the work of RLS is geared towards critically following the reform processes of the market economy, as well as bringing forth democratic participation and social emancipation, political stability and reform, sustainable development and environment protection. 

RLS and its partners in China organize national and international conferences, seminars and workshops on socio-political themes, promote the progress of scientific studies, organize information tours and bring out publications. Presently, grassroots organizations are supported which are developing and offering civic education and training for migrant workers, women, national minorities and other marginalized groups of society. These projects are accompanied by scientific studies. At the same time, RLS actively contributes to the political communication in and with China, promotes social science research and international exchange. 

Middle East

This region of extreme tension is of utmost importance for achieving international peace and security. Through self initiated projects and joint work with cooperative partners the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung (RLS) strives to contribute to conflict resolution and a peaceful future for this region.

The RLS started working with local partner organizations in Autonomous Palestinian Territories (West Jordan and the Gaza Strip) in 2000. In 2002 project work commenced in Israel and in 2004 in Turkey. Two RLS offices were opened in this region: one in Ramallah (Palestine Territory) and one in Tel Aviv (Israel). The preparation of a Middle East project that will encompass Egypt and Lebanon is also under way.

Summary of co-operational work

Foundation activities focus on the following:  
  • Conflict prevention and peaceful strategies for settling regional and societal conflicts.  
  • Democratic participation, political and religious tolerance and human rights.  
  • Minority and migrant rights and interethnic problems.
  • Contributing to Jewish-Arabic coexistence and understanding.
  • Past, present and future German-Israeli relations from a left-winged perspective (this incorporates examining and countering right extremism and anti-Semitism)
  • Analysis of European Union politics in these regions and developing progressive alternatives.
  • Handling with religious and political Islam.

The target groups and partners that are supported by the foundation include civil society organisations that provide social services and strive towards peaceful settlements, youth and women groups (especially in marginalised populations and rural areas) as well as labour unions and their associated educational groups. Colleges, academic and student circles are also addressed in order to spur liberal discourse in the academic realm.

RLS Israel:

RLS Palestine: