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"Meddling is the only way to stay relevant!" (Heinrich Böll). That means that democracy is not a solid state, but has to be fought for every day. Democratization is a chief tenet of green politics and a central issue in political education at home and abroad.

"Civil society" is one important concept which, while widely embraced, is very contentious when it comes to questions of fostering democracy. The roles of political parties and the media are essential elements of our modern democracies.

We stand for more direct representation and support of civil liberties against the challenges of a security state. Our Democracy Program supports societies in developing nations in their aspiration for more democratic participation. We fight for universal human rights including migrants rights which is a cross-cutting theme of our work.

For more information, please contact Charlotte Beck at Charlotte.Beck[at]

Civil Liberties


Creating a Peoples' Europe

March 11, 2014 - Five years into the financial and economic crisis the European Union has not been left unchanged. While citizens' confidence in the Union is reaching historic lows, is there still space for discussing further European integration? Is (more) Europe still a good idea?  more»


Thirty Years of Bundestag Presence: A Tally of the Greens’ Impact on the Federal Republic of Germany’s Political Life and Public Culture

- January 11, 2013 - In the run-up to the 2013 German federal elections, this publication considers three decades of a changing political landscape with the emergence of the Green Party.  The authors discuss how the Green Party built its “brand” and, in so doing, ushered in a fundamental change in German politics and society. Andrei Markovits and Joseph Klaver more»

Democracy & Human Rights


The Federal Budget and Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2014: Democracy, Governance, and Human Rights in the Middle East and North Africa

October 4, 2013 - This report, authored by POMED's Executive Director Stephen McInerey and Advocacy Director Cole Bockenfeld, offers a detailed look at U.S. funding and assistance for democracy and governance in the Middle East, the congressional appropriations process, and implications for U.S. policy in the Middle East during a turbulent time.  Stephen McInerney and Cole Bockenfeld, POMED more»

Policy Paper

Afghanistan beyond 2014: Elections, Political Settlement, Reforms. Recommendations from Afghan Civil Society

- April 8, 2013 - As international troops begin to withdraw from Afghanistan, it is important to strengthen the civilian component of international assistance beyond 2014. The Heinrich Böll Stiftung and the Center for American Progress brought three Afghan civil society leaders for meetings with the U.S. administration and United Nations in February 2013. You can find their policy recommendations on the presidential elections in 2014, talks with the Taliban, and broader political reforms here ...

Gender & Democracy


Transitional Justice

April 14, 2014 - Until now, transitional justice has, in many places, failed to address gender dimensions but increasingly so the issues of inequality, hierarchies and violence patterns. This study details these problems and presents the resulting challenges facing politicians and society.  more»


Afghanistan's Transition in the Making

- December 5, 2012 -

Afghanistan represents a very particular case of military intervention-cum-state-building-cum-democratization. Afghan women parliamentarians and civil society actors have positioned themselves against a complete withdrawal of the international community by 2014. Given the historical legacies and the role played by international intervention actors “good enough” does not seem to be an adequate response vis-à-vis the multi-faceted challenges and high stakes on the Afghan transition process.  

Andrea Fleschenberg more»

Policy Paper

Women, Revolution, Politics and Power

- December 16, 2011 - During the Arab uprisings, an unprecedented number of women took to the streets, paving the way for a more important role in politics. However, in the transitional period that follows, they now have to fight against their exclusion from the political arena. Dalal al-Bizri more»
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Office & Communications Manager, Assistant to the Executive Director
The Heinrich Böll Foundation North America is accepting applications for the position of Office and Communications Manager, Assistant to the Executive Director. We are looking for a highly qualified and motivated individual with an interest in green policy issues. Qualified candidates have a BA and are fluent in English and German. The position is full-time. The start date for the position is July1st, 2014.

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