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. 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 conflict 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. 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. The Heinrich Böll Foundation works independently and nurtures a spirit of intellectual openness.
We gladly follow Heinrich Böll’s exhortation for citizens to get involved in politics, and we want to inspire others to do the same.
• 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.
In the 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.
In the Foreign and Security Policy program, our focus is on promoting peaceful conflict resolution and contributing regional security and prosperity.
In the German-Israeli Dialogue program, we promote knowledge exchange surrounding challenges relevant for both Israeli and German modern societies.