Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Hanoi Office
The Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung (RLS) is an internationally operating non-profit institution that has become a provider of political education and a center for progressive social research in both Germany and throughout the world. It is part of a transnational, progressive and solidary network striving for democratic and social participation and empowerment. RLS works within the tradition of workers’ and women’s’ movements and is affiliated with the German political party “The Left/ Die Linke”.
Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Southeast Asia (RLS SEA) embraces the mission of supporting transformation countries, such as Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam to a socially just, sustainable, participatory and democratic society. The RLS SEA Regional Representative Office has been opened in April 2009 in Hanoi and is currently cooperating with approximately 15 partner organizations such as academic institutions and universities, non-government-organizations (NGOs) and government institutions and parliaments.
As a foundation bearing the name of the left visionary Rosa Luxemburg, we are aiming to support dialogue and cooperation on transformation processes of countries of Southeast Asia based on the ideas of democratic socialism and international solidarity with the focus on social justice, democratic participation, socio-ecological transformation, political stability and international dialogue.
To act as a liaison office between Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung (Germany) and its Vietnamese cooperation partners in Southeast Asia;
To provide regular support and assistance to its projects in Southeast Asia;
To develop new projects together with Southeast Asian partner organizations;
To organize and implement activities such as civic education measures, capacity training measures, conferences, workshops, seminars and information tours according to the mission of the organization;
To learn more about the transformation processes of Southeast Asian countries to enable RLS to contribute to a more adequate and differentiated picture of Southeast Asia among the German public;
To follow the principles of RLS in international cooperation and dialogue, the mission statement of the Center for International Cooperation and Development of RLS can be downloaded here.
HOW WE WORK
We are engaged in project partnerships with local cooperation partners with whom we jointly develop the cooperation projects. The ideas and strategic approach of the projects come from our partners and the management of these projects lies in their hands. RLS SEA intensively discusses with partners the strategy and supports them developing a coherent project approach and RLS SEA provides funds and capacity building activities, as well. We also offer a range of civic education activities, which involve the expertise of our Southeast Asian and international partners.
The Representative Office of the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung is to promote the discourse on transformation concepts of the societies in Southeast Asia and Germany among scientists, journalists, and other experts with other regions of the world. A special focus of our work is to create networks among countries of the Global South.
The organization’s international activities are mainly supported by financial means allocated for development goals by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and – to a smaller extent – by the German Federal Foreign Office.