• 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.
  • ENTRi handbook IN CONTROL in Arabic

    ENTRi handbook IN CONTROL in Arabic

    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 Arabic.
  • New Glossary "Missions & Mandates"

    New Glossary "Missions & Mandates"

    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.
  • 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

    Over 5.000 German election observers have been deployed so far to EU and OSCE-ODIHR observation missions worldwide. ZIF has been the central point of recruitment for German election observers ever 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

Putting the Comprehensive Approach into Practice – the Comprehensive Generic Training Peace Operations

19.03.2019. For the fifth time ZIF is currently conducting the basic course ‘Comprehensive Generic Training Peace Operations (CGTPO)’ together with the Police Academy North Rhine-Westphalia (LAFP Brühl). The entire training lives the ‘comprehensive approach’, as civilian as well as police and military...

First ZIF STO-Training this year

11.03.2019. This year’s first ZIF Short-Term Election Observation (STO) course was held from the 24th to 27th February in Berlin. Future German observers as well as participants from all over Europe and beyond were trained for taking up an STO role in election observation mission (EOMs) of the EU and the...

Gender - an important Issue for the Leadership of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM)

04.03.2019. ZIF, together with the OSCE SMM in Ukraine, conducted a workshop in Kiev, Ukraine, on 20 February to support the SMM leadership in better integrating a gender perspective into their work and into the work of the monitors.25 members of the SMM leadership and management level (Chief Monitor and...

Sophia in Limbo

04.03.2019. In his new comment on EUNAVFOR Med at EUobserver, Tobias Pietz argues that the mission should be closed and replaced. Due to the controversy on disembarkation of refugees, it seems that the ships of the mission have been sent away from smuggling routes on purpose in order to avoid rescuing...

All female leadership: A milestone in the history of peace operations

26.02.2019. The UN Peacekeeping Mission to Cyprus (UNFICYP) is headed completely by women since the beginning of this year. All three pillars of the mission are headed by women: military, police and civil. Elizabeth Spehar (Canada), Special Representative of the Secretary-General, if the head of mission, Major...

ZIF Food-for-Thought Breakfast on UNAMID and UNMISS

21.02.2019. On February 20, 2019 ZIF hosted a breakfast briefing for Members of Parliament on the current situation in Sudan and South Sudan. The two speakers, Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) David Shearer, Head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), and SRSG Jeremiah...

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