Civil Peace Services

The Civil Peace Service is today a government-sponsored programme under which non-governmental as well as one governmental peace and development organisations send so-called “peace experts” to countries where there is violent conflict. The BSV played a crucial role in the establishment of this programme; an open working group that met since 1994 led to the founding of the Forum Civil Peace Service in 1996; and the joint efforts succeeded in convincing the German government in 2001 to establish the programme.



Already in 1994 the BSV has worked on realising a formal curriculum for a one-year training of volunteers for the Civil Peace Service. For several years, an adapted version of this curriculum was carried out as a four month course at the Academy for Conflict Transformation of the Forum Civil Peace Service until the German government stopped the funding in 2013.

Through our membership in the Forum Civil Peace Service we support the further process.


European Network Civil Peace Service

In Europe the BSV supports the work of the European network Civil Peace Services (en.cps).

The international network of non-governmental peace organisations aims to promote and support  civil peace services  as an instrument of nonviolent conflict transformation on a national as well as on European level.