• Season's greetings

    Season's greetings

    We thank you for your cooperation over the last 12 months and wish you a happy and prosperous New Year!
  • 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

    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

ENTRi Human Rights Training Package now available in French

17.01.2019. The ENTRi training package on Human Rights is now available in French as a free download. It includes a Facilitator's Guide, comprehensive course presentation slides and Sample In and Out Tests.The package can be edited and adapted according to need and local context. It includes tested...

ZIF at the Basel Peace Forum 2019

16.01.2019. The Basel Peace Forum has been initiated two years ago to bring together various actors of different disciplines and branches to think ahead in the area of peace and conflict management. Its aim is to foster innovation and cross-disciplinary exchange and hence invites all participants to change...

ZIF Briefing with UN Under-Secretary-General for the prevention of genocide

14.01.2019. On 14 January, ZIF hosted a lunch for Under-Secretary-General and SRSG Adama Dieng, Special Advisor on the prevention of genocide, which included representatives from the German Foreign Office as well as other think tanks and NGOs. SRSG Dieng spoke about his global mandate which went...

ZIF supports Serbia in establishing its first CGTPO Course

13.12.2018. The first Comprehensive Generic Training on Peace Operations (CGTPO) course in Serbia took place from 26 November until 7th December 2018. Organized jointly by the International and Security Affairs Center Fund (ISAC Fund), the Czech Development Agency, Prague Security Studies Institute (PSSI), the...

Second Networking-Meeting for German Civilian Personnel in UN Peace Missions

11.12.2018. For the second time we invited to the network-meeting for German civilian personnel in Peace Operations of the UN. At the beginning of December, experts from over 15 peace operations travelled to Berlin to exchange ideas, but also to stay in close contact with us and the Federal Foreign Office....

Others talk about it - we do it: In its core course, ZIF focuses on the “comprehensive approach”

07.12.2018. 21 participants, 6 nations, one approach: civilian experts train together with police officers and military in the ZIF core course "Comprehensive Generic Training Peace Operations" (CGTPO). The fourth course of this kind took place from 15-22 November in Berlin and prepared the...

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