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Democracy, peace and development

Hanns Seidel Foundation

Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) is a renowned German non-profit organization dedicated to promoting democracy, peace, and development. Funded by the German federal parliament Bundestag, HSF operates from its headquarters in Munich and extends support to approximately 90 projects across 75 countries worldwide, including Israel and the Palestinian Territories.

Project Office Jerusalem

HSF has been actively engaged in Israel since 1979 and in the Palestinian Territories since 1994. Through its project office in Jerusalem, HSF strives to enhance understanding within the Middle East Peace Process and facilitate sustainable development in rural regions, with a particular focus on promoting environmental awareness. To achieve these objectives, the dedicated team at HSF Jerusalem collaborates closely with a diverse array of national and international partners spanning various sectors.

Moreover, HSF extends German academic scholarships to students and young scholars hailing from both Israel and the Palestinian Territories. For readily available information regarding HSF, its endeavors in Jerusalem, German political foundations, and scholarships, concise and prompt responses can be found on the FAQ page.

CSU associated

HSF maintains a close association with the conservative political party Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU) and is named in the honor of Hanns Seidel, the former CSU Chairman and Prime Minister of Bavaria.


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HSF - 50 years of work in the service of democracy, peace and development. Official video (in German) from 2017.