Civil Peace Service
Introducing GIZ's Civil Peace Service programme
Resolving conflicts peacefully – this is what the Civil Peace Service (CPS) is all about. CPS has been seconding experts to areas affected by crises and conflicts since 1999 to support peace processes together with local partner organisations.
Our vision is one of networked peace. Working together with state and civil society actors in international cooperation, CPS promotes local partner organisations at all levels of society. People in our partner countries receive support in managing conflicts peacefully and in shaping societal change and sustainable development on the basis of respect for human rights.
The Civil Peace Service (CPS) seconds experts to regions that are affected by crisis and conflict. Here, they work together with local partner organisations that are rooted in society and cultural traditions. As third parties, CPS experts are able to provide a different perspective that helps initiate and support peace processes effectively during the three phases of conflict:
- preventatively before the imminent outbreak of a violent conflict;
- during the conflict to curb violence;
- post-conflict, once violence has subsided.
Post-conflict approaches and violence-prevention strategies are usually aligned with each other.
The Civil Peace Service at GIZ
GIZ is involved in the Civil Peace Service programme in 18 countries with more than 100 international experts and a similar number of local specialists. These experts support local non-governmental organisations and initiatives, state agencies and local authorities as well as national programmes and institutions. They work on changing behaviours, attitudes and structures in the long term.
In this context, CPS tackles areas where the international community views Germany – given its own history – as a competent and credible partner. These include dealing with the past, supporting reconciliation and dialogue processes, and protecting human rights.
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.