At a regional level, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom works with civil society and political networks throughout sub-Saharan Africa in order to promote liberal ideas and ideals.
These networks aim to stimulate public debate and lobby for the concepts of liberal democracy, the rule of law, good governance, civil liberties and a free market economy.
The Foundation collaborates with African liberal parties, liberal youth organisations and a human rights and legal aid network. The two most important regional partners are the Africa Liberal Network (ALN) and the Southern African Legal Assistance Network (SALAN).
Africa Liberal Network (ALN)
ALN was founded in 2003 and has grown continuously. By joining the network, more than 30 member parties from over 20 countries have committed themselves to core liberal democratic principles.
ALN seeks to strengthen and support liberal political parties in Africa. It offers political training, policy development and organisational development.
Southern African Legal Assistance Network (SALAN)
SALAN was founded with the Foundation’s assistance in 1994 to encourage dialogue and sharing of information between legal assistance organisations in the field of human rights in southern African countries.
It is a network of non-profit, non-governmental organisations that offer legal services in their countries to people who could not afford them otherwise. Many members are part of the legal and political reform movements in their respective countries and litigate in the public interest.
Furthermore, the eleven member organisations within the Southern African Development Community (SADC region) provide one another with support in cases of state-sponsored oppression.