The Rosa Luxemburg Foundation was founded in 1990 as an association for social analysis and political education. In Germany, the Foundation is engaged in political education on historical topics, on the analysis of society in a newly reunited Germany and on global issues of the future.
Close to the political party Die-Linke, its activities in Germany and abroad are largely financed by public funds of the Federal Republic of Germany.
In 2000, the Foundation started its international activities, which are based on cooperation with foreign partners committed to the promotion of social and democratic development. The Rosa Luxemburg Foundation opened its first foreign office in Johannesburg in 2002.