2020 Program for the International Academy for Leadership (IAF)

2018 International Academy for Leadership (IAF)
2018 International Academy for Leadership (IAF) BuildingFNF Philippines

Date: 26 January - 07 February 2020
Title: Liberalisms vs. Populism – How can Liberals win? 
Participants: 24
Target Groups: Liberal thinkers and political strategists from political parties, think tanks and NGOs who are currently facing populist forces in their respective countries  
Closing Date: 29 November 2019

Date: 16 February - 23 February 2020
Title: IAF Innovation Lab
Participants: 22
Target Groups: Mid to senior management of liberal parties, NGOs, think tanks, power & mandate to initiate change in their organisations, experts on organisational development, campaign technologies or innovation; FNF Project Directors, Head of Desks. Technologists welcome 
Closing Date: 04 December 2019

Date:  08 March - 20 March 2020
Title: Strengthening NGOs – Strategy, Management and Fundraising  
Participants: 24
Target Groups: Representatives of liberal NGOs - such as economic Think Tanks, Human Rights Defenders etc. - who work in close cooperation with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation in their respective countries or regions and ideally hold a leadership or management position and are involved in fundraising activities 
Closing Date: 29 December 2019

Date: 29 March - 05 April 2020 CANCELLED
Title: Communication to counter Disinformation/Populism 
Participants: 22
Target Groups: Liberal politicians and spokespersons from political parties, liberal movements and NGOs, journalists
Closing Date: 06 January 2020 

Date: 19 April - 01 May 2020 POSTPONED
Title: Leadership for Young Leaders 
Participants: 24
Target Groups: Young leaders from liberal parties and NGOs 
Closing Date: 27 January 2020

Date: Online Workshop 16 – 22 May
Title: Strengthening Political Youth Organisations 
Participants: 24
Target Groups: Activists of political youth organizations from the age of 18 onwards 
Closing Date: 17 February 2020

Date: 05 - 18 July 2020
Title: Political Campaigns: Digital Strategies & Platforms - ONLINE
Participants: 22
Target Groups: Leading personnel from political parties who have a relevant position and expertise with regard to their party’s campaign 
Closing Date: 09 March 2020

Date: 28 June - 10 July 2020 CANCELLED
Title: Promoting Entrepreneurship and Open Markets 
Participants: 24
Target Groups: Young leaders in positions of responsibility from political parties, the legal profession, civic initiatives, the media and the civil administration as well as entrepreneurs or representatives of business associations who are liberal in outlook and have a basic knowledge of what liberalism is 
Closing Date: 06 April 2020

Date: 19 July - 26 July 2020
Title: The Power of Networks: How to Build and Use Them! 
Participants: 30
Target Groups: Networkers from liberal organisations including local colleagues from FNF
Closing Date: 27 April 2020

Date: 30 August - 12 September 2020
Title: Making Magic: Events, Digital Platforms & Facilitation - ONLINE
Participants: 24
Target Groups: Representatives of liberal NGOs, Political Parties and Think Tanks who are actively involved with, or responsible for the design, planning and implement-tation of training and development sessions, or events. The seminar is best suited to individuals who have some level of experience in training or event scripting and planning 
Closing Date: 17 July 2020

Date:  20 September - 02 October 2020
Title: Freedom of the Press - ONLINE
Participants: 24
Target Groups: Liberal politicians and policy makers, journalists, social media content producers, bloggers, vloggers 
Closing Date: 10 August 2020

Date: 11 October - 23 October 2020 *e-Academy (qualifying) 
Online Phase: July/August 2020 (ca. 3 weeks) – exact dates tbc 
Title: Safeguarding Freedom in the Digital World - ONLINE
Participants: 24
Target Groups: Liberal politicians and policy makers, social media content producers, bloggers, journalists, liberal internet and security experts, educationalists 
Closing Date: 28 August 2020

Date: 08 November - 15 November 2020
Title: Political Leadership – Female Edition 
Participants: 22
Target Groups: Female leaders in liberal political parties and organizations 
Closing Date: 17 August 2020

Date: 29 November - 11 December 2020
Title: Foundations of Open Societies: Individual Self-determination and Tolerance ​
Participants: 24
Target Groups: Politicians and members from civil society organisation, (human rights) lawyers, entrepreneurs, journalists, lobbyists, pedagogues, and people that provide policy advice (think tanks), who are fully conversant with liberal principles and ideas and play an active role in politics 
Closing Date: 07 September 2020





*e-Academy seminars are divided into three phases. In the first part, participants are given materials to read to deepen their knowledge. In the second part, they are encouraged to discuss via an online forum their views and insights. Lastly, participants will be asked to write an essay.

The seminars do not require participants to be online at all times. They have the flexibility to work at their own pace provided they meet the deadlines assigned to each task.

Based on their contribution, IAF will invite 22-26 participants to Gummersbach, Germany to continue the discussions raised online.

Application procedure: 


IAF Registration Form
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Please download application form and send completed application, along with a scanned copy of your passport details page, updated CV, and Letter of Intent (addressed to the FNF PH Country Director) to application@fnst.org. Kindly specify which seminar you are applying for. Please note that FNF will only correspond with short listed candidates.