Profile of the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung

The Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung is today one of the largest institutions of political education in the Federal Republic of Germany. It sees itself as part of the intellectual current of democratic socialism. Having emerged from the Association for Social Analysis and Political Education (German: Gesellschaftsanalyse und politische Bildung e.V.), founded in 1990 in Berlin, the foundation soon developed into an institution for political education, thus being active throughout the entire Federal Republic, a discussion forum for critical thinking and political alternatives, as well as a research institution for progressive social analysis. Many volunteers participate in the work of the foundation.

The Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung includes

  • The general and sustaining members of the association and the executive board members with Dr. Dagmar Enkelmann serving as chairwoman and Dr. Florian Weis as chief executive officer;
  • Academic scholars and scientists in advisory boards and as authors of our publications, scholarship recipients; liaison professors and hundreds of volunteers;
  • More than 100 employees that work in either the Academy of Political Education, the Centre for International Communication and Collaboration, the “Studienwerk” (organization providing social, financial and cultural support services to students in Germany), the Institute for Social Analysis, the Archive of Democratic Socialism or areas of public relations, bookkeeping or finances.
  • 16 educational associations, affiliated with the party DIE LINKE, acting independently in the federal states of Germany and collaborating with the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung via the Stiftungsverbund.

In 1992, the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung was acknowledged by the Party of the German Socialism (PDS) – today DIE LINKE (The Left) – as a political, countrywide active foundation.

The Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung

  • Organizes political education and spreads knowledge of social connections in a mostly unfair and unpeaceful globalized world;
  • Is a place for critical analysis of the capitalism;
  • Is a center of programmatic discussion on a contemporary democratic socialism; a socialistic think tank for political alternatives;
  • Is a forum for the dialogue between left-wing socialist forces and social movements and organizations, left-wing intellectuals and non-governmental organizations in the Federal Republic of Germany and internationally;
  • Supports young intellectuals via scholarships or PhD scholarships;
  • Encourages self-determined social and political activity and supports the commitment to peace and international understanding for social equity and a solidly united cooperation.

The Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung aims to:

  • Organize political education and disseminate knowledge about social relations in a globalized, unjust and hostile world;
  • Provide a venue for critical analysis of current capitalism; act as a hub for programmatic discussions about a modern democratic socialism, act as a socialistic think-tank for political alternatives;
  • Be a forum in Germany and internationally that supports dialogue between left-socialistic powers, socialistic movements and organizations, left-minded intellectuals and non-governmental organizations;
  • Grant funding to young scholars via undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships;
  • Give impulses to self-defining socialistic political activities and support commitment to peace and international understanding for a socially just and solidarity union.

International activities

The Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung considers international activities as an integral part of its overall scope of action. It is committed to the spirit of international solidarity, while at the same time acting within the framework terms and conditions set by the German foreign and development policy.

The conceptual bases of its foreign activities are the values of the democratic socialism, the goals of the World’s Social Forums Movement, as well as the Millennium Declaration of the UNO. By way of parity-based dialogue with partners in Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East the RLS supports the development and implementation of concepts aimed at overcoming gender-related social inequality and ethnically based discrimination, and tries to foster a strong democratic participation of those concerned, as well as peaceful conflict management.

The RLS fosters political and civil societal structures, organizations and instruments in alignment with the goals and ideals of the foundation as specified in the Articles of Association. It supports efforts to create political, economic, social and cultural conditions and premises suitable to foster the individual’s free development or to facilitate access to certain basic goods of a self-determined life (i.e., democratic codetermination, education, health, social security, housing, employment, environment, cultural diversity).

The RLS supports specific projects furthering the goals, thus mentioned above, through political education and self-activation of those concerned. To that end, it cooperates solidly and equitably with independent and viable partners. It cooperates with partners possessing the necessary discretionary competences and potential of change and influence in the respective areas and/or strengthens those partners to develop said competences and potentials. The RLS supports the national, regional and global networking of partners with structurally similar approaches. It actively contributes to the propagation of experiences and competences gained in these fields.

More information can be found at: www.rosalux.de

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