Who we are

The Heinrich Böll Foundation is a catalyst for green visions and projects, a think tank for policy reform, and an international network We work with 160 project partners in over 60 countries and currently maintain 29 international offices.

Heinrich Böll in Hebrew

Hanan Elstein and Adina Stern on the publication of the book "The Clearance of Pain: Selected Writings by Heinrich Böll, 1940-1985" - German-Israeli Relations

The editors of the recently published anthology of non-fiction writings by the post-war German writer Heinrich Böll, in Hebrew, share thoughts and comments about the celebrated author and Nobel Prize laureate. Adina Stern and Hanan Elstein also reflect on the process of their work, and explain why they believe that Böll’s work is highly relevant to contemporary Israeli society. The book, The Clearance of Pain: Selected Writings by Heinrich Böll, 1940-1985 is a result of a cooperation between the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Israel office, and the “Kav Adom” series of HaKibutz Hameuchad publishing house.

Who was Heinrich Böll?

Meddling is the only way to stay relevant

Our foundation is named after the german author and nobel price winner Heinrich Böll (1917-1985), standing for the mindstep the we commit to: defending freedom, civil courage, disputatious tolerance and appreciation of arts and culture as independent spheres of thinking and acting. Learn more about the live and work of Heinrich Böll.


Heinrich Boell Stiftung Israel works in the following program areas:

• Environment and Sustainability
• Gender and Democracy
• Regional and Security Policy
• German-Israeli Dialogue

We consider gender and diversity to be a crosscutting issue for our work in all programs.

In order to promote our goals, we build partnerships with Israeli NGOs, academic institutions, think tanks and other strategic stakeholders.  Following a strategic planning process, we have restructured our application procedures and no longer have a set pre-proposal deadline. We mostly initiate cooperations with project partners, however, if you would like to discuss a project that is particularly relevant to the goals described below, please contact the respective HBS staff member. 

In the Environment and Sustainability program, our focus is on policy development and advocacy with decision makers on the local and national levels. Our issue areas are climate and energy policy, sustainable communities, resource management, green growth and environmental-social justice. 
Elisheva Gilad: 

In the Gender and Democracy program, our focus is on mainstreaming gender analysis and practices into governmental institutions on the local and national levels. In addition, we explore linkages between civil and human rights, socio-economic rights and the political discourse in Israel. 
Romy Shapira:

In the Regional and Security Policy program, our focus is on developing alternative political options and strategies that will contribute to the Palestinian – Israeli conflict resolution process. In addition, we work to contribute to the development a comprehensive regional security strategy for Israel. 
Oz Aruch:

In the German-Israeli Dialogue program, we promote a discourse surrounding challenges relevant for both Israeli and German modern societies, such as citizenship, religion, multiculturalism and belonging. In addition, conflict resolution experiences from both countries are being explored. 
Oz Aruch:

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.

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