Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) strongly believes in promoting and supporting local ideas and initiatives while carrying out our work. We believe that by involving the citizens in the work we are doing, we will increase the relevance of our work. At the same time HSF seeks to build partnerships with respectable local institutions based on mutual respect and dialogue. All this is done in line with HSF's mission of promoting democracy, peace and development.
In Kenya, Hanns Seidel Foundation began its operations in 1987 and has since established itself as a renowned political foundation supporting initiatives such as civic education, good governance and accountability, human security and women empowerment. The people of Kenya are very politically conscious and in response to this, the Foundation regularly supports initiatives that enhance political dialogue between local leaders and the local “mwananchi” (citizens).
In 2011, HSF realized that in order for enforce sustainability and strengthen international dialogue it was necessary to establish a regional office in East Africa. This project includes Tanzania, Uganda and Ethiopia. This regional office is Nairobi, Kenya and serves as a central hub for the region’s activities.