• 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.
  • World Map of Peace Operations 2017/2018

    World Map of Peace Operations 2017/2018

    Fresh off the press: The new world map of peace operations is available in English and German and provides you with the latest information and numbers.
  • 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.
  • Comprehensive Approach

    Comprehensive Approach

    The Comprehensive Approach is a core principle of German foreign and security policy. ZIF coordinates the German Training Partner Platform in cooperation with the military and the police and contributes conceptually through the Working Group on the Comprehensive Approach.
  • 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

ZIF roundtable with OSCE Secretary General Thomas Greminger

17.07.2018. On 11 July 2018 ZIF hosted an exclusive roundtable discussion with Ambassador Dr. Thomas Greminger, Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). Mr. Greminger has been appointed Secretary General of the OSCE in July 2017 and has launched the encompassing...

ZIF hosts two OCHA workshops in Berlin: Humanitarian Programme Cycle and Community of Practice Event

09.07.2018. From June 24 to 29, ZIF hosted two of UN OCHA`s Expert Workshops in Berlin: “Community of Practice Event (COPE)” and “Humanitarian Programme Cycle” (HPC).The “Community of Practice Event (COPE)” on information management in humanitarian crises brought together 43 data experts from field...

For a gender perspective in SSR - a must! PeaceLab-Blogpost by ZIF's Nicola Popovic

09.07.2018. How to better integrate a gender perspective in security sector reform strategies, agendas, and projects - this question is at the heart of a blogpost by ZIF project leader on Women, Peace and Security / UNSCR 1325, Nicola Popovic. Together with Frient colleague Julie Brethfeld, she is arguing for...

Peer Coaching „Mediation and Diplomacy” in Cairo

06.07.2018. Following last year's successful collaboration with the European External Action Service (EEAS), ZIF organized in Egypt for the second time at the international level a Peer Coaching on “Mediation and Diplomacy” in cooperation with the  Cairo International Center for Conflict Resolution,...

SRSG Tanin of UNMIK Kosovo in Berlin

30.06.2018. On Thursday, June 28, ZIF hosted an exclusive roundtable discussion with the Head of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), Mr. Zahir Tanin. Special Representative of the UN-Secretary-General (SRSG) Tanin briefed about current developments in the country and in the UN...

German government celebrates Peacekeepers' Day 2018: three ZIF experts rewarded

27.06.2018. On June 26, 2018, nine German peacekeepers with experience in Afghanistan, the DR Congo, Mali, Niger, Kosovo, Syria, the Mediterranean and Iraq have been rewarded for their commitment and contribution to international peace operations. They stand for over 3.000 German civilian experts, police and...

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