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Latin America

Latin America is a continent of vast contradictions and contrasts. Enormous wealth rubs shoulders with extreme poverty. There is high and continuous economic growth but at the same time left-wing populists are gaining support, which is having an effect on the situation of democracy and the rule of law. Thirty years ago began a process of democratisation whose success is shown by the fact that, with the exception of Cuba, all countries of the region now have democratic governments.

But democratic development has come to a standstill and liberal reforms are more needed than ever to ensure that people in the continent can take advantage of its huge potential. Currently there is little trust in parliaments and administrations. Due to their authoritarian structures and lack of clear policies, political parties do not contribute enough to stabilising and developing democracy. The judiciary often cannot cope with the situation. Corruption and clientelism are part and parcel of everyday life.

Inflexible economic structures become a trap for democracy and the rule of law. Despite high economic growth, Latin America still has the largest income differentials in the world. The widespread prejudice that Latin America has suffered from too much “neoliberalism” is wrong. In fact, almost nowhere can we find open markets and equal opportunities for competition. As a result the poor have little chance of working their own way up. This reality is a major challenge for the project work of our Foundation.

In Latin America we have project offices in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and in the Central American countries.

Publications International Work

Please have a look at our publications published by the Liberal Institute in English language: Concepts of Liberty, Occasional Papers, Ideas on Liberty, Liberal Thinkers, Liberal Report. You can download Policy Papers concerning the regions we work in: Central, South East and East Europe (engl.) and in German language for Africa, Mediterranean countries, Latin America, South Asia, Southeast and East Asia, European Institutions and North America.


Overview: All publications in English language

Contact Latin America

Head office Latin America / Office Mexico:

Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit
Oficina Regional para América Latina
Cerrada de la Cerca No. 82
Col. San Ángel Inn
01060 México, D.F.
Tel.: +52 (55) 5550 1039
Fax: +52 (55) 555 062-23
E-mail: mexico@fnst.org

Head: Birgit Lamm

Project manager Mexico: Victor Hugo Becerra



Office Central America:


Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit
Calle Granada No. 3901
Col. Lomas de Guijarro
Tegucigalpa / Honduras

E-mail: honduras@fnst.org
Website: www.centroamerica.fnst.org
Tel.: +52-55-5616 3325 / 5190
Fax: +52-55-5550 6223

Project manager: David Henneberger



Office Argentina:

Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit
Avda. Rivadavia 1829 9°
C1033AAI Buenos Aires
Tel.: +54 (11) 495 315-46

        +54 (11) 495 329-74
Fax: +54 (11) 495 314-70
E-Mail: argentina@fnst.org
Website: argentina.fnst.org
Project manager: Jörg Dehnert



Office Brazil:


Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit
Rua Arandú 57 - Ed. Itaverá, cj. 91/92
Brooklin Paulista
04562-031 São Paulo - SP
Tel.: +55 (11) 550 557-40
Fax: +55 (11) 550 669-09
E-mail: brasil@fnst.org
Webseite (portugues): www.ffn-brasil.org.br

Project manager: Dr. Gabriele Reitmeier