• 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

ENTRi-Conference 11th-12th April

18.04.2019. ENTRi's Dialogue on Sustainability and Knowledge Management, organized by the ENTRi Secretariat and ZIF in Berlin on 11-12 April 2019 was held back to back with ENTRi stakeholder meetings on the Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) and training recognition systems. It brought together...

Strategy Meeting Standby Partnership at ZIF

18.04.2019. The main topics of the meeting on 10th and 11th April were the fostering of cooperation, joint use of resources and the future strategy of the Standby Partnership-Network. The event was attended by representatives of OCHA, RedR, UNHCR, UNDP, DRC, FAO, NRC, DFID, DSS Water, MSB, WFP and WHO....

Women in Peacekeeping – Germany chairs the Open Debate on Women in Peacekeeping

12.04.2019. On Thursday, 10th April, the UN Security Council held an open debate on the topic of “Women in Peacekeeping”. The Council was briefed by Secretary-General Guterres, Major General Kristin Lund (first female Force Commander and current Head of the UN Truce Supervision Organization mission). German...

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...

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