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 2023


War and violence determine the lives of millions of people. Intrasocietal violent conflicts – in the form of civil wars, fights for resources or disputes as a result of failing states – cause particular physical and psychological suffering to people. This situation cannot be overcome with state funding alone. Civil society stakeholders make decisive contributions towards the non-violent transformation of conflicts, which cannot be provided by governments. 


State and civil society actors in the partner countries join together to promote non-violent conflict transformation and make a contribution towards managing social changes based on human rights. 


The Civil Peace Service (CPS) is a global programme for the prevention of violence and peacebuilding in crisis- and conflict-affected regions. It advocates a world in which conflicts are settled without violence. Nine German peace and development organisations run the CPS together with local partners. The CPS is funded by the German Government. 

The various CPS organisations have multiple approaches, experiences and access to partners in the countries of assignment. In conjunction with a mutual strategic procedure and common values and principles, this accounts for one of the crucial strengths of the CPS.

Experts from the CPS give long-term support to the local people in their efforts to promote dialogue, human rights and peace. They take no side wherever possible. As outsiders, they introduce a different point of view and new perspectives, which help to effectively initiate and assist with peace processes. Changing attitudes, behaviours and relationships, which are assumed to have an influence on structures and institutions as well as the conflict culture of a society, are at the heart of the CPS’ work.

About 350 international CPS experts currently work in 45 countries. GIZ participates in the CPS with more than 100 international and just as many local experts in 22 countries (Afghanistan, Benin, Bolivia, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, Kenya, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Nepal, Niger, Palestinian territories, Philippines, Rwanda, Uganda, Ukraine, Timor-Leste).


The CPS primarily develops the capacity of civil society actors, and some state actors, to engage in non-violent conflict transformation and peacebuilding. It promotes their articulation skills and ability to act, and supports dialogue, networking and cooperation with other actors. GIZ’s CPS acts as a bridge between the state and civil society by creating a dialogue and linking the various actors – after all, peace processes are only successful if they are sustained by the state and civil society. 

The CPS is also present outside of the major cities. This means it assists with developing early warning and response procedures, overcome the causes of conflict and violence and strengthening capacities and mechanisms for non-violent conflict transformation. The programme also supports the observation of human rights and helps to guarantee political participation as well as the negotiation of interests.

CPS experts support organisations in conflict mediation, and they advise and provide training on how to deal with traumatised victims of violence and develop peace-building strategies. They educate local actors in civil conflict transformation, and support partners in raising awareness of the circumstances of disadvantaged groups and breaking down prejudices and xenophobia.

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

CPS country programmes


Civil Peace Service: creating dialogue to build trust


Civil Peace Service: Afghan youth for peace


Civil Peace Service: Promoting intercultural dialogue in the Bolivian lowlands


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


Civil Peace Service: Resolving conflict without violence – promoting human rights


Civil Peace Service / Special Initiative on displacement: Working through the past – for a peaceful future


Civil Peace Service / Special initiative on displacement: Resolving conflicts peacefully – creating prospects for peace


Civil Peace Service: Coming to terms with Cambodia's past Civil Peace Service/Special Initiative on displacement: (Re-)integration of former Vietnamese refugees


Civil Peace Service: Fostering dialogue, reducing violence, strengthening civil society Civil Peace Service / Special Initiative on Displacement: Preventing renewed displacement


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

Palestine territories

Civil Peace Service: Organisational development to improve psycho-social support Civil peace service: defragmentation of society and prevention of violence through culture and sports in the context of Palestine refugees


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: Relationship-building between host communities and refugees, and psychosocial support


Civil Peace Service: Promotion of peace building measures


Civil Peace Service / Special Initiative on displacement: Learning how to approach civil diversity

West Africa: Niger/Benin/Burkina Faso

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

South East Asia: Cambodia/Philippines/Timor-Leste

Civil Peace Service: Supporting Universities in developing and implementing peace and conflict study programmes

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