• 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.
  • 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.
  • ENTRi handbook IN CONTROL in French

    ENTRi handbook IN CONTROL in French

    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 French.
  • 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.
  • Civilian Expertise. Worldwide.

    Civilian Expertise. Worldwide.

    What exactly do civilian experts do? The following brief profiles provide some answers.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Rule of Law

    Rule of Law

    Promoting the rule of law is a vital task of peace operations. ZIF’s goal is to train personnel properly and to bring together key players in fields such as anti-corruption policy and Islamic law.

ZIF News

Rule of Law Course 2017

03.01.2018. ZIF facilitated a training course on "Rule of Law Toolbox for Crisis Management and Peace Operations: Concepts, Practices and Trends" in Berlin from 1 to 8 December 2017. Fifteen experts from seven countries with diverse professional backgrounds participated in the course.The course...

ZIF Policy Briefing: Reforming the United Nations' Peace and Security Pillar

14.12.2017. Reform is a perennial issue at the United Nations. While Secretary-General António Guterres has been no different than his predecessors in trying to push reform initiatives through the UN membership, his proposals are being viewed as far more encompassing. Whether or not the reforms – if...

Joint ZIF and UN "facilitated forum” for UN staff in Kosovo

06.12.2017. ZIF and the "Division for Policy, Evaluation and Training" (DPET) within the UN-Department of Peacekeeping Operations work jointly on strengthening the link between conflict analysis and strategic action at the field level among UN-Civil Affairs Officers and other peacekeeping staff. As...

Joint Training on mediation in international conflicts by ZIF and Berghof Foundation

01.12.2017. From 19 to 24 November 2017, ZIF organized a training course on “Supporting Peace Negotiation and Mediation on Track I: Implementing Comprehensive Peace Agreements” in cooperation with the Berghof Foundation. The course focused on Track 1 mediation efforts that take place in conflict contexts where...

One step forward: www.zif-berlin.org on mobile devices

24.11.2017. Our website contains a great number of information, data, files, pictures, texts - a quantity that is not always easy to handle when surfing www.zif-berlin.org with your mobile devices. To increase the usability of our page, we now added a mobile site version with reduced content. Even if you are...

ZIF at international OSCE conference on the development of a secondment system in Serbia

21.11.2017. Since its inception ZIF has been actively involved in an international exchange on developing and strengthening civilian capacities for international peace and security efforts. In this context, ZIF participated in the "Conference on the Development of a System for Seconding Civilians to...

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