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UN Mission Administration and Field Support Training

17.02.2010. From January 18-29, 2010 the first pilot training course on “UN Mission Administration and Field Support” was held jointly by ZIF and the German Armed Forces Command and Staff College in Hamburg within the framework of the “Training Platform for Peace Operations”. Main trainer was Marcellin Savard,...

8. ECOWAS Election Observation Training Course with the KAIPTC

17.02.2010. From 25/1/2010 till 3/2/2010 ZIF and its partner, the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Center (KAIPTC), conducted a ten day training course on election observation. In a highly interactive a practical training course, 22 participants from the West African sub-region were trained to...

Launch of the International Stabilization and Peacebuilding Initiative

12.02.2010. ZIF, together with the UK Stabilisation Unit, the Canadian START and the US S/CRS has today launched the International Stabilisation and Peacebuilding Initiative (ISPI). ISPI is an informal network of government, multilateral, and international implementing partners aimed at enhancing civilian...

ZIF visits UN Mission in Sudan

12.02.2010. Wibke Hansen, Head of Analysis at ZIF, visited the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) from 5-9 February. Jointly with the German Embassy in Khartum, ZIF organized a meeting with German personnel deployed to UNMIS. Additional meetings at UNMIS Headquarters focused on recruitment and training...

German MINUSTAH staff among fatalities

01.02.2010. We all at ZIF are shocked and deeply saddened by the confirmation that three German civilian staff with the UN Mission in Haiti have died in the devastating earthquake. We deeply mourn the loss of bright, dedicated and couragous colleagues who made such a valuable contribution to international...

Spiegel Online Interview with ZIF Director on Afghanistan

27.01.2010. Can civilian reconstruction efforts help win Afghan "hearts and minds"? In an interview with Spiegel Online, ZIF Director and Afghanistan expert Almut Wieland-Karimi discusses why decentralized forms of government may be more suitable to Afghanistan, the wisdom of using employment rates as a...

ZIF joins web portal on European Union missions

27.01.2010. ZIF is honoured to participate in a web portal providing information on EU peace-support and crisis prevention activities. The "Common Security and Defence Policy-Mission Analysis Partnership" or CSDP MAP, is hosted by the International Security Information Service, Europe (ISIS Europe) and brings...

Haiti Earthquake

14.01.2010. Haiti has suffered a devastating earthquake and a series of aftershocks resulting in widespread damage, including to the United Nations mission’s compound. ZIF management and staff are deeply saddened by the destruction and loss of life. We are also highly concerned about the safety and wellbeing...

Almut Wieland-Karimi at Washington Afghanistan Meeting

10.12.2009. ZIF Director Almut Wieland-Karimi followed an invitation to advise a meeting of 20 former Foreign Ministers, including Madeleine Albright (USA), Joschka Fischer (Germany), Hubert Védrine (France), Malcolm Rifkind (UK) and Lloyd Axworthy (Canada), on policy options for Afghanistan and Pakistan. The...

Expert Discussion on the state of research on civilian capacities for Peace Operations

09.12.2009. On December 8, ZIF held an expert discussion with a group of researchers from different institutions on the supply and demand problem of civilian capacities for peace operations. Based on a number of recent key studies on civilian deployment, the event, which took place within the framework of...

ZIF at the 6th UN Career Development Roundtable

07.12.2009. The 6th UN Career Development Roundtable (CDR) in Vienna generated a record turnout of more than 160 human resources specialists and managers from 70 international organizations. Key subjects in a series of presentations, plenary sessions and a "share fair" were the mobilization, screening and...

ZIF at the Bonn International Development Job Fair

01.12.2009. Once again, ZIF actively engaged in the biannial International Development Cooperation Job Fair in Bonn on 28th November. In addition to counsel a large number of interested professionals at its information booth, ZIF was part of a panel discussion on the future labour market in international...