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.

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-Stiftung 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 Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung focuses its work in Asia on:

  • pushing for greater social justice
  • lending its support to approaches aiming towards socio-economic transformation 
  • fostering the democratization of political praxis and strengthening civic action 
  • analysing the worlds of work and strengthening the organization of workers
  • food sovereignty
  • emancipatory education 
  • flight and migration 
  • approaches towards positive peace
  • climate justice

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

The Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung maintains offices in South Asia (link to regional office in New Delhi), Southeast Asia (link to regional office in Hanoi), East Asia (link to Beijing office) and West Asia, as well as the Middle East (link to regional office in Ramallah, Israel office in Tel Aviv, programme office in Beirut). Further offices in Central Asia (Almaty, Kazakhstan, link to the European department, link to Marlies Linke, Asian department, as ABL in Vorbereitung) as well as the Philippines (link to text covering the programme office on climate justice in Manila) are currently being established. Our project-related work in Turkey is coordinated by the RLS headquarters in Berlin (link to text on Turkey). 

Regional Department Asia

Role Details
Leiterin Referat Westasien 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
Büroleitung Regionalbüro Südostasien (in Einarbeitung) 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 und Südostasien Fabian Wisotzky
Phone: +49 30 44310 175
Room: 443