Comprehensive Approach

The Comprehensive Approach provides an overall concept for policy and action in international crisis and conflict management. Its purpose is to:

  • coordinate, bundle and optimally employ
  • resources of diplomacy, development cooperation, the civilian peace corps, military and police,
  • within and between organizations and institutions
  • at the local, national, and international levels
  • with the goal of effectively resolving international (violent) conflicts, thereby contributing international, European, and German peace and security.

 

The challenge is to organize institutions and instruments of crisis prevention and crisis management in such a way that complexity is reduced, coherence of action increased, and a maximum of resources made available in a timely fashion. The interaction between institutions can range from information exchange, coordination and cooperation while maintaining a division of labor, up to integrated action by the actors involved.

Working Group on the Comprehensive Approach

ZIF’ interagency Working Group on the Comprehensive Approach provides analytical and conceptual input for policy making. The activities of the Working Group include

  • Policy briefings, working papers, and expert reports;
  • Policy advice to federal ministries, Bundestag (especially the Parliamentary Subcommittee on Civilian Crisis Prevention, Conflict Management and the Comprehensive Approach), implementing organizations, and NGOs;
  • Recommendations on implementing the Comprehensive Approach in ZIF’s human resources and training activities.

Training Partner Platform and Joint Training Activities

The complexity of most UN, EU, and OSCE peace operations requires the cooperation of civilian, police, and military mission components. Joint training, exchange of experiences, and collective use of resources are therefore essential. In this context, the German Training Partner Platform (TPP) was established in 2008. Most of its courses are available to participants from all participating departments and implementing organizations. The brochure "Training for Peace Operations. The German Contribution" as well as the TPP website provide an overview.rovides an overview.

 

 

The Training Partner Platform includes ZIF, the German Armed Forces UN Training Centre in Hammelburg, the Command and Staff College of the German Armed Forces in Hamburg, the Police Academy North Rhine-Westphalia in Brühl (LAFP), the Baden-Württemberg State Police College in Böblingen, the Federal Police Academy (Lübeck), and the German Academy for International Cooperation (AIZ) a subsidiary of the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). The platform serves as a forum for information exchange and participants as well as the development of training activities and the planning and carrying out of joint courses. Courses include:

 

Furthermore, members of the ZIF Expert Roster take part in civil-military exercises, like Viking or the Blue Flag/4PCE exercise.