The Heinrich Böll Foundation Turkey Representation (hbs), which has been active in Turkey since 1994, is an independent political think tank, affiliated with the German Green Party.

While it is part of the worldwide family of the "Green Movement", it is an independent actor. Since its foundation, the hbs in Turkey has been establishing political dialogue between Turkey, Germany and the European Union. Its goal is to support efforts from democratic actors for the protection of human and minority rights, the ecology, sustainable development, and global as well as local security policies.

Being based in Istanbul, for more than 20 years the hbs supports civil society initiatives that stick to the above mentioned principles and strive for democratic governance free from any discrimination based on the rule of law, gender equality and the rights of all people The working areas of the Heinrich Böll Foundation Turkey Representation are:

  • Democracy, human rights and the peaceful resolution of violent conflict.
  • Ecology
  • Foreign and security policy


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.

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.