The work of the Civil Peace Service is carried out by German peace and development organisations. The variety of governmental and non-governmental executing agencies is its strength. The organisations each possess individual networks of access to various civil society organisations within our partner countries. They devote themselves to a variety of tasks and facilitate our work through the wide spectrum of experiences, expertise and approaches that they offer. They established the Civil Peace Service Group. The CPS is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.
The Civil Peace Service Group (CPS Group)
The Group consists of the following recognised development services: Association of Development Service (AGEH), EIRENE- International Christian Service for Peace, Bread for the World – Protestant Development Service, German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), KURVE Wustrow -Education and Meeting Centre for Non-Violent Action, peace brigades international and World Peace Service (WFD) as well as the two umbrella organisations of the peace organisations Action Committee Service for Peace (AGDF) and the Forum Civil Peace Service (forumZFD).
Action Committee Service for Peace
The Action Committee Service for Peace (AGDF) is a specialist, umbrella association of peace services connected to the Protestant Church.
provides qualified specialist personnel on the basis of the Development Aid Act (EhfG) for the international cooperation of church and civil society organisations and since 1959 has offered consultancy services on all questions of personnel cooperation (until 2019 known as AGEH).
Bread for the World
Bread for the World is the globally active development and relief agency of the Protestant Churches in Germany.
EIRENE is an ecumenical peace service, whose experts work alongside partner organisations campaigning in Africa and Latin America for the peaceful resolution of conflicts, the protection of human rights and sustainable development.
Forum Civil Peace Service (forumZFD)
Forum Civil Peace Service (forumZFD) supports people involved in violent conflicts on the path to peace. Since 1996, it has been striving to help overcome war and violence. forumZFD is currently working with peace consultants in Germany and ten other countries in Europe, the Middle East and South East Asia. Its Academy for Conflict Transformation offers professional trainings to people in international peace work. Through campaigns, lobby work and public relations forumZFD actively advocates civil peace policy. It finances its work through public and private grants, donations and membership fees.
German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) GmbH
The German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) GmbH supports the Federal Government as a public-benefit federal enterprise in achieving its goals in international cooperation for peace and sustainable development.
KURVE Wustrow – Bildungs- und Begegnungsstätte für gewaltfreie Aktion e.V.
KURVE Wustrow – Bildungs- und Begegnungsstätte für gewaltfreie Aktion e.V. [Education and Meeting Centre for Non-Violent Action] – was founded in 1980. It helps to convert shock at violent confrontations, ecological destruction and social injustice into considered non-violent action.
peace brigades international
peace brigades international (pbi) campaigns for the protection of human rights and supports threatened defenders of human rights in crisis areas.
World Peace Service
World Peace Service (WFD) engages with people in their attempts to improve their living conditions in the global South since 1959. The areas of engagement are non-violent conflict resolution, rural development, resource conservation, human rights and education. These engagements with partner organizations generate expertise and knowledge for advocacy work in the public discourse about development policies and international cooperation.
The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
With the active involvement of development and peace services, the BMZ has set out the framework conditions for the Civil Peace Service in terms of content and organisation, and has provided corresponding budget funds. In consultation with the Auswärtiges Amt [Ministry of Foreign Affairs], the BMZ rules on executing agency applications for project funding. The BMZ funds the Civil Peace Service.
Working Group on Peace and Development
The Working Group on Peace and Development (FriEnt) is an association of governmental organisations, church development agencies, civil society networks, and political foundations. FriEnt aims to pool capacities, support networking and cooperation, and contribute to conflict-sensitive development cooperation. The CPS Group is member of FriEnt.