• 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

Federal Foreign Minister visits Mitrovica and meets EULEX German civilian experts

22.02.2018. It was a special day for Katja Dominik, Head of Executive Division at EULEX Kosovo, and her police colleague Sylvia von Wlkanowa, head of the German EULEX contingent: on Friday, February 16, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Sigmar Gabriel came to Mitrovica as part of his visit to Serbia and...

Delegation from ZIF, BMI and Federal Foreign Office to Niger

21.02.2018. In early February a delegation from ZIF, BMI and Federal Foreign Office visited the Republic of the Niger.They visited the EU Capacity Building Mission (EUCAP) Sahel Niger and had talks, inter alia, concerning support of local authorities and security forces in the areas of migration and crime...

ZIF at the "Humanitarian Networking and Partnership Week" and at the Stand-By-Partner Annual Consultations in Geneva

21.02.2018. From 5 to 6 February, ZIF as one of the StandBy Partners (SBP) of the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) participated in the "Humanitarian Networking and Partnership Week" in Geneva. Within the scope of the SBP ZIF engages in institutional support of the...

ZIF trains German and international prospective observers in “Short-Term Election Observation”

21.02.2018. This year's first ZIFShort-Term Election Observation (STO) course was held from January 21 to 24 in Berlin. Prospective German STOs, as well as participants from all over Europe were trained for OSCE/ODIHR and EU election observation mission (EOMs).The experienced election observation trainers...

NEW: Portuguese version of 'In Control'

21.02.2018. The Portuguese version of 'In Control' is ready! 'Em Controlo' includes a handy list of abbreviations of Portuguese peacekeeping terms side-by-side with its English equivalent. Have a look and let us know what you think. The English, French and the Portuguese version can be found and downloaded for...

International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers: ZIF interviews UN SRSG Gamba and hosts international workshop on Children and Armed Conflict

12.02.2018. Together with the Federal Foreign Office, ZIF hosts an international 2-day workshop on Children and Armed Conflicts & Women, Peace and Security. We are proud that a multitude of participants join the discussion, amongst them representatives of the UN, the crisis group and several NGOs.UN...

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