Our mission and vision

Our mission and vision

The Max van der Stoel Foundation (FMS) is committed to democratisation in the EU's neighbouring countries, fairer Dutch and EU policies towards developing countries, and we encourage public debate on these issues in the Netherlands.

We stand up for the people who no longer put up with corruption and self-interest prevailing in their country. The activist who is fed up with their vote being worth nothing because there are no fair elections. Courageous people who take great personal risks by defying power. Who fight against inequality in the world. Against the politics of stagnation and exploitation. For solidarity, democracy and human rights.

We strive for a world where the democratic rights of all people are guaranteed. We fan the flames of change by giving activists practical tools they can use directly in their struggles. We support changemakers around the world and give them a platform. We also emphatically take our own responsibility for fair politics in the Netherlands, the European Union, Africa and the Middle East. We involve as many different people as possible by sharing knowledge and stimulating dialogue. This is how we make people stronger and politics fairer. That is what the FMS stands for.

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