The biggest democracy in the world, India has achieved significant leaps in development in the past 25 years. Its population of almost 1.3 billion inhabitants are India’s strength and weakness: overpopulation has created a heavy burden on India’s governments to provide adequate and even living conditions in all areas while at the same partaking in global economy races.
Accelerated urbanisation and increasing population pressure has increased pressure on authorities to maintain sufficient water, access to health and sanitation and to provide safety for women, children and the elderly.
India is a pluralistic, multilingual and multi-ethnic society and follows the concept of unity in diversity. Its federal constitution has given space and representation to its all groups of society. However, the changing expectations of its population, its composition and the level of education keep nurturing the demand for adaptation of federal structures.
As the largest country and economy in South Asia, India plays an important role in the stability and political progress of the region. To achieve stable development in a peaceful environment, it is crucial that the sub-continent fosters multi- and bi-lateral exchange on topics of common regional interest and provides a platform for exchange.
The Hanns Seidel Foundation, founded in 1967, is a German political foundation, close to the Christian Social Union (CSU), providing political education “in the Service of Democracy, Peace and Development” in Germany and abroad. It has been working for more than 40 years in the field of development cooperation and is currently taking an active part in 80 projects in 60 countries worldwide.
In India, the Foundation started its work in the year 1996. In our work, we follow the principles of Hanns Seidel Foundation, by supporting India’s federal-democratic structures, its safety architecture, promoting regional dialogue and improving communal water management system. We strengthen human capacities, taking into account the social, political, cultural and economic conditions of the country.
Hanns Seidel Foundation works with local partner organisations with similar objectives on various topics. Through dialogue, workshops, excursions, international exchange and national conferences, we seek to promote humane living conditions and to contribute to India’s sustainable development by strengthening peace, democracy and rule of law. Our partners’ independency and ownership are of particular importance to us.
Besides our focus areas below, Hanns Seidel Foundation supports
In the past years, Hanns Seidel Foundation has become a platform of development, friendship and international exchange between India and Bavaria.