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ZIF Resumes Standby Deployments to UN-OCHA

09.12.2019. After a break of almost five years, ZIF has resumed secondments to operations of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA). The basis for this deployment is the Standby Partnership Agreement concluded in August 2019 for the provision of humanitarian experts...

ZIF participates at EU Focal Point Meeting Election Observations

06.12.2019. On 6 December, representatives of ZIF and the German Federal Foreign Ministry participated in the EU Focal Point Meeting on Election Observation in Brussels. The annual meeting, which is organized jointly by the Election Observation and Democracy Support (EODS), the European Commission and the...

Interpeace visits ZIF

29.11.2019. On November 28th, Scott Weber, president of the international organization Interpeace, visited ZIF for a lively exchange of ideas and to talk about possible future cooperation.Among the topics discussed were strategies for transition and the common aim to make big peace operations “fit for...

ZIF hosted workshop to develop refresher curriculum for security (HEAT) courses

22.11.2019. All ZIF experts know the term HEAT has little to do with temperature, but refers to the so-called Hostile Enviroment Awareness Training that all secondees attend before being deployed to the field. Mission security is a continuous process not just a one-time training. For this reason, discussions...

ZIF at the Paris Peace Forum 2019

15.11.2019. The second annual Paris Peace Forum took place on November 11 – 13, 2019. The event is an exciting opportunity for exchange, innovation, discussions and networking. This year’s guests included high ranking actors in the field of international politics such as António Guterres (Secretary General of...

CSDP and the Protection of Cultural Heritage

13.11.2019. In a new "Commentary" at the Istituto Affari Internazionali, Tobias Pietz and Maximilian Schmidtke explore the current plans and recent lessons on how CSDP missions could contribute to the protection of cultural heritage. They come to the conclusion that while the issue should play a...

ZIF delivers workshop at the Economic Community of Central African States in Libreville, Gabon

13.11.2019. ZIF and members of the African Union are meeting in Libreville, Gabun, from 11-14 November 2019 in order to provide a workshop to colleagues of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), particularly to the new national Roster Focal Point and Chief of Civilian Component. As part of...

Workforce Planning Exercise at the Eastern African Standby Force, Kenia

08.11.2019. As part of continuous efforts to strengthen the capacities of regional partners of the African Standby Capacity (ASC), ZIF, EASF, UNOAU, ACCORD and members of the African Union met in Nairobi, Kenia from 4-8 November 2019 in order to assess internal HR processes at EASF and to provide...

Sudanese Delegation Visits ZIF

30.10.2019. On October 23, a group of Sudanese politicians and civil society activists visited ZIF’s offices in Berlin. The delegation was in Berlin in the context of a trip organized by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation to meet with a variety of political and civil society actors in the capital. The discussion...

Mission Training in the "Comprehensive Generic Training Peace Operations"

21.10.2019. What are necessary skills and competences for civilian experts to have once they are deployed to international field missions? Their suitability does not only depend on their expertise in their respective field but also on whether they had adequate preparation.The “Comprehensive Generic Training...

Helping Peace Along

17.10.2019. A Mediation Support Officer at the Conflict Prevention Centre of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), explains Deutschland.de how it is used. She is one of the pool of experts at the Centre for International Peace Operations (ZIF). Read here the entire article.

New ZIF Map Peace Operations 2019/2020

08.10.2019. This completely redesigned map offers a comprehensive overview of the peace operations deployed by the UN, EU, AU, OSCE, and other organizations. In addition, it shows the development of peace operation staff numbers from 1992 by organization and by component. A comparison with last year’s...

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