Delhi office, India
The Heinrich Böll Foundation’s country office in New Delhi coordinates the work of the foundation in India since 2002. The office supports dialogue with a variety of political actors in the country.
India can claim to be the world’s largest democracy. Despite the country’s economic growth and prosperous middle class, social inequality as well as religious and ethnic conflicts have intensified, however. Corruption, inadequate infrastructure and ecological crises are commonplace. India faces a major challenge in balancing the exploitation of natural resources and socioeconomic development in a sustainable manner.
Our office in Delhi supports the critical discussion of development strategies and cultivates ideas for an economy that makes efficient use of resources while adapting to climate change and ensuring social justice.
It observes India’s role in the changing global order and supports local initiatives in working constructively to shape it. The office also promotes conflict management initiatives in northeastern India and reaches out to civil society groups in neighboring countries. A major focus is strengthening the position of women. In India, women are only inadequately covered by social security systems, for instance. The new biometrics-based population registration system (Aadhaar) could change that. Our office has initiated an innovative study on the potential of this new system.
Dr. Axel Harneit-Sievers
New Delhi office, India
C-20, First Floor
Qutub Institutional Area
New Delhi – 110016
phone: 0091 11 26854405
Who we are
Fostering democracy and upholding human rights, taking action to prevent the destruction of the global ecosystem, advancing equality between women and men, securing peace through con flict prevention in crisis zones, and defending the freedom of individuals against excessive state and economic power – these are the objectives that drive the ideas and actions of the Heinrich Böll Foundation. We maintain close ties to the German Green Party (Alliance 90/The Greens) and as a think tank for green visions and projects, we are part of an international network encompassing well over 100 partner projects in approximately 60 countries.
The Heinrich Böll Foundation works independently and nurtures a spirit of intellectual openness. We maintain a world wide network with currently 30 international offices. We cooperate closely with 16 state-level Böll Foundations in each of Germany’s federal states, and we support talented, socio-politically engaged undergraduate and graduate students in Germany and abroad.
We gladly follow Heinrich Böll’s exhortation for citizens to get involved in politics, and we want to inspire others to do the same.