• New Website "Missions & Mandates"

    New Website "Missions & Mandates"

    What are peace operations doing worldwide? Our new interactive website presents the tasks of international peace operations of the UN, EU, OSCE, AU and NATO.
  • New Glossary

    New Glossary

    Our new glossary "Missions & Mandates. What Peace Operations Do" provides brief descriptions of the 23 most common areas of activity of international peace operations.
  • World Map Peace Operations 2018/2019

    World Map Peace Operations 2018/2019

    Our map offers a comprehensive overview of the peace operations deployed by the UN, EU, AU, OSCE, and other organizations. Available online and as on paper.
  • New video: ENTRi - briefly explained

    New video: ENTRi - briefly explained

    Europe's New Training Initiative for Civilian Crisis Management (ENTRi) are 12 European training institutions working for improving human security in areas where crisis management missions are deployed. They offer a huge range of courses and training material for free. We are part of it. Watch this video.
  • The African Standby Capacity: the world's first continental civilian roster for peace operations

    The African Standby Capacity: the world's first continental civilian roster for peace operations

    The African Standby Capacity is a continental civilian roster and candidates are invited to apply. But how? A new video reveals it. We're proud partners of this project.
  • ENTRi handbook IN CONTROL in Portuguese

    ENTRi handbook IN CONTROL in Portuguese

    Are you getting ready for a crisis management mission or already working in the field? The ENTRi handbook IN CONTROL is now available for download in Portuguese.
  • Duty of Care

    Duty of Care

    ZIF supports the development of a common understanding and approach to implement the Duty of Care to seconded civilian personnel in multilateral peace operations. The Voluntary Guidelines on the Duty of Care to Seconded Civilian Personnel have just been published – a guide for seconding and staff-receiving organizations.
  • Concept | Civilian Expert

    Concept | Civilian Expert

    The concept Civilian Expert lays out ZIF's expectations towards civilian experts in international peace operations and defines the basis of its training philosophy.
  • Civilian Expertise. Worldwide.

    Civilian Expertise. Worldwide.

    What exactly do civilian experts do? The following brief profiles provide some answers.
  • Election Observation

    Election Observation

    In 2015, German election observers were active in Turkey, Tajikistan, Sri Lanka, Nigeria or Albania, amongst others. Additional EU and OSCE missions are in preparation. ZIF has been the central point of recruitment for German election observers since 2002.
  • Training


    Peace needs professionals. Aside from a high degree of personal commitment, working in crisis regions requires adequate preparation and qualification. ZIF offers a variety of core and specialization courses.
  • Peace Operations Update

    Peace Operations Update

    ZIF compiles a weekly press review on developments in conflict regions. View the interactive world map here on the website or subscribe to our weekly electronic newsletter.

ZIF News

NATO "Meritorious Medal" for ZIF expert Swen Dornig

08.11.2018. For his efforts and work on the protection of children in armed conflicts in Afghanistan, Swen Dornig, member of ZIF's personnel roster, has been awarded with the NATO Meritous Service Medal by NATO General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg.From 2016 to 2018, Swen Dornig has served as Senior Adviser on...

New interactive ZIF Website and new ZIF Glossary: Missions & Mandates - What peace operations do

07.11.2018. What exactly are UN peace operations doing worldwide? Which mandated tasks is the EU implementing in Africa? Which peace operations are concerned with security sector reform? Our new interactive website Missions & Mandates - What Peace Operations do presents the tasks of international peace...

ZIF co-organizer of 5th Duty of Care Roundtable with OSCE Secretariat in Vienna

31.10.2018. From October 18 to 19, 2018, the 5th Duty of Care Roundtable took place at the Hofburg in Vienna under the guiding theme Towards Implementation. More than 50 participants from seconding states and international organizations attended the event. It was hosted by the OSCE in cooperation with the...

ZIF visiting Warsaw

26.10.2018. On the occasion of the Warsaw Security Foum, ZIF's Executive Director, Almut Wieland-Karimi, traveled to Warsaw to discuss perspectives and challenges of UN peacekeeping at the panel discussion "Make deals, break deals, or fake deals? A Security Council Worldview". In addition, she met...

ENTRi Human Rights Training Package

23.10.2018. The ENTRi training package on Human Rights is now available as a free download. It includes a Facilitator's Guide, comprehensive course presentation slides and Sample In and Out Tests: http://www.entriforccm.eu/resources/packages.htmlThe package can be edited and adapted according to need and...

First OCHA “Advanced Training on Analysis in Humanitarian Settings” hosted by ZIF in Berlin, 30 September – 5 October

17.10.2018. From 30 September to 5 October 2018 ZIF hosted the first “Advanced Training on Analysis in Humanitarian Settings” (ATAHS) in Berlin. The course was developed this year and conducted by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) – the organization responsible for...

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