Civil Peace Service: Global programme

Project description

Title: Civil Peace Service (global programme)
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Global
Overall term: 1999 to 2019

Ziviler Friedensdienst (ZFD). Teilnehmende eines Workshops. © GIZ


War and violence determine the lives of millions of people. In particular, violent conflicts within society – including civil wars, conflicts over resources or disputes following the collapse of state structures – cause considerable physical and psychological harm. These conflicts cannot be resolved using the power and resources of the state alone. Civil society actors can make valuable contributions to conflict resolution which cannot be made by governments.


State and civil society actors in partner countries jointly support non-violent conflict resolution and contribute to shaping societal change on the basis of human rights. This prevents, ends or at least reduces violence.


The Civil Peace Service (CPS) is a joint endeavour between governmental and non-governmental agencies. Eight civil society and faith-based development agencies as well as GIZ use the various opportunities and resources available to them to jointly promote peace.

The CPS seconds experts to crisis and conflict regions. There they work with local, primarily civil society partners but also with state partners. They act with the greatest possible autonomy and impartiality. As third parties, they offer different perspectives and new views which contribute to effectively initiating and supporting peace processes. Their work focuses on changing opinions, behaviour and relationships, and thus exerting a positive influence on structures and institutions as well as the culture of conflict within a country.

CPS experts support organisations in their efforts to mediate conflicts, and provide advice and training on dealing with traumatised victims of violence and developing peacebuilding strategies. They train local actors in civil conflict resolution, and support partners in raising awareness of the concerns of disadvantaged groups and promoting the reduction of negative stereotypes.


The CPS places particular emphasis on promoting the role of civil society in civil conflict resolution and peacebuilding. It strengthens articulacy and capacities, and supports dialogue and cooperation with other actors. By bringing together the different actors and enabling them to network, GIZ’s CPS programme acts as a bridge between the state and civil society –peace processes can only succeed if they have the support of both the state and civil society.

The CPS also engages in activities outside capital cities. For instance, it supports contributions to early warning and response systems as well as efforts to address the causes of conflict and violence, improve capacities for non-violent conflict resolution, observe human rights, and ensure political participation and the negotiation of interests.

Civil Peace Service (CPS). UN sculpture in New York. © GIZ

CPS country programmes


Civil Peace Service: dialogue and non-violent conflict resolution


Civil Peace Service: Afghan youth for peace Civil Peace Service/Special Initiative on displacement: Strenghtening young internally displaced persons


Civil Peace Service: Promoting intercultural dialogue in the Bolivian lowlands


Civil Peace Service: Supporting the integrated peacebuilding process


Civil Peace Service: Dealing with the past and promotion of human rights


Civil Peace Service: Reconciliation and justice in the context of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal Civil Peace Service/Special Initiative on displacement: (Re-)integration of former Vietnamese refugees


Civil Peace Service: Fostering dialogue and reducing violence – strengthening actors in civil society Civil Peace Service/Special Initiative on displacement: Integrating internally displaced persons


Civil Peace Service: Strengthening civil conflict transformation Civil Peace Service (CPS)/Special Initiative on displacement: Preventing violence through dialogue and media


Civil Peace Service: Building capacity and networks among peace actors in the context of dealing with the past

 Palestinian territories​ 

Civil Peace Service: Prevention of violence through psychosocial support for children and young people Civil Peace Service/Special Initiative on displacement: Preventing violence through cultural and sports activities in refugee camps


Civil Peace Service: Dealing with the past and managing the peaceful transformation of natural resources conflicts


Civil Peace Service: Conflict transformation and peacebuilding in Mindanao


Civil Peace Service: Inclusive dialogue and conflict transformation in Rwanda and the Great Lakes Region Civil Peace Service/Special Initiative on displacement: Dialogue and relationship-building between host communities and refugees, and psychosocial support for refugees


Civil Peace Service: Promotion of peace building measures

West Africa: Niger/Benin/Burkina Faso

Civil Peace Service: Crisis prevention and conflict transformation in the area of cross-border transhumance


Civil Peace Service: Dealing with the past and preventing political violence (German)

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