Beirut Marathon

Permanent Peace Movement


Reconciliation through Theatre

CSSP – Center for Integrative Mediation e. V.


Reconciliation and Dealing with Trauma 

World Relief Germany


Connecting People


Israel/ Palestinian Territories

Daily Life on Video



Armed Violence Reduction

Handicap International

Dialogue between Religious Leaders

Sri Lanka

Dialogue between Religious Leaders

Centre for Peacebuilding and Reconciliation

Hayya Bina


Clerics without Borders

Hayya Bina

zivik – Civil Conflict Resolution

The zivik programme promotes international peace projects in crisis regions and advises both non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and the German Federal Foreign Office in this important field of activity. The programme not only provides support to civil conflict resolution efforts but also contributes to strengthening networks between state and non-state actors. The zivik programme focuses on such themes as training in methods of non-violent conflict resolution, support for confidence-building measures among conflict parties, trauma work and the reintegration of ex-combatants ... read more

Funding procedure

Before submitting an application

zivik Funding procedure – Before submitting an application

Before submitting an application, please check whether your project idea is compatible with the funding criteria. See in particular: The Federal Foreign Office's Funding Concept.

If you need advice, please feel free to consult the zivik team.

Funding conditions

  • Projects can only be funded, if they start and end within the same calendar year (January–December)
  • Projects commencing in January or February should have their applications submitted before 1st of November of the previous year. Applications for projects being implemented between March and December should be handed in approx. two months before the project starts
  • A maximum of two follow-up applications may be submitted for a particular project
  • Funding will not be granted for projects that have already started or have been completed
  • In addition to the information given with the Funding Concept first time applicants are welcome to hand in proposals not exceeding 70,000 Euros

Projects should

  • Contribute to the strengthening of local peacebuilding efforts, while taking gender-specific factors into consideration
  • Stimulate the promotion of a society-wide consensus on possible solutions to violent conflicts
  • Provide concrete, visible contributions to the transformation of conflicts
  • Make key contributions to establishing a non-violent, constructive culture of conflict
  • Inspire people to become involved in developing initiatives for peace
  • Serve the long-term goal of peace consolidation

Examples of project themes

  • Training and further education of people specializing in civil conflict resolution
  • Establishment of regional and trans-regional peace networks
  • Community-oriented peacebuilding strategies
  • Reintegration of ex-combatants into civilian life
  • Promotion of traditional forms of conflict mediation
  • Further education for specialists providing psychological support to victims and perpetrators of violence
  • Creation of forums for dialogue among conflicting parties (such as round tables, workshops and panel discussions)
  • Reconciliation efforts among conflicting groups

Regional priorities

  • Africa: Great Lakes Region
  • Middle East: Israel, Lebanon
  • Asia: Nepal, Sri Lanka, Cambodia and the Philippines
  • Latin America: Columbia, Guatemala and Mexico
  • Caucasus

Submitting an Application

Monitoring of effects - movie Manual

Already in the planning phase of a project, the question of desired effects and thus the relevance of a project is raised. First impact measures and their continuous examination should be established in this very phase. The thus created structure serves both as orientation and for later assessment. zivik's approach is to accompany projects throughout their cycle and to put the context of a conflict and its influential key actors into the foreground. This has motivated zivik to develop the movie Manual as a tool to monitor the effects of peace-building projects. At the same time, this establishes a sound footing for zivik's funding practice.

Submitting your application

  • Please contact us via e-mail at zivik(at)ifa.de before preparing and submitting an application.
  • Please send your application via e-mail to zivik(at)ifa.de and – upon request – the hard copy together with all enclosures, signed, stamped and dated by mail to Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, Förderprogramm zivik, Linienstr. 139/140, 10115 Berlin, Germany.
  • Please use our Application form (DOCX), the Chart for project planning (DOCX) and the Financial plan (XLSX).
  • Take note of the background information given with the introduction to our movie manual. You will find the movie manual in full length here.
  • Please observe the provisions of the Federal Budget Code (BHO) when preparing your financial plan.
  • By signing the Application form you declare your agreement, that ifa may save your data and may forward information to the responsible audit bodies.

During project implementation

zivik Funding procedure - During project implementation

If a project is approved for funding, a funding agreement - based on the project application and subject to private law - will be concluded between ifa, as grant provider, and the applicant, as grant recipient.

Implementing projects in conflict regions

  • The underlying conditions affecting projects in regions of conflict can change rapidly and thereby influence the extent to which the goals of some projects can be realised.
  • In some cases, there are unintended effects on a project so that funding objectives cannot be achieved or can be achieved only in part. In such cases, zivik must be informed promptly, in writing, so that funding can be reassessed and, if applicable, returned and used for other projects.
  • If funding is to be redirected within the framework of a specific project, an application for the redirection of funds must be submitted prior to any such change. The application must include an adjusted financial plan. Retroactive approvals of such changes are not permitted. If necessary, project funds must be repaid.
  • If it becomes apparent in the course of a project that expenditures on individual budget items will deviate by more than 20% from the approved financial plan, or that project changes are necessary, an amendment to the original application must be submitted immediately. This amended application must explain the changes and include a correspondingly adjusted financial plan.
  • The disbursement of funds is done in partial requests for funding (see Appendix 9 of the funding agreement); the requested disbursement of funds is limited to cover the requirement for the next six weeks only. For projects lasting longer than six weeks, the request for the second and every following disbursement must be submitted with the necessary information for evaluating the need for funds including: the overview of all utilised funds since beginning of the project (financial interim report) and a narrative interim report of the project, see Guidelines for Compiling the Interim Report (DOCX).

Project Evaluation

Systematic assessment of the change of conduct of key actors and the overall project context is in the centre of project implementation. Thus allowing to draw conclusions for further planning. There are numerous methods on how to assess the implementations and accomplishments of projects. We would like to highlight the DAC Evaluation Quality Standards (PDF)

Reference to Funding

All organisations that receive funding must make adequate public reference to this financial support, e.g. "This project is funded by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) with resources provided by the German Federal Foreign Office". The corresponding logos are here at your disposal. Should you realise that these formats are not appropriate to your requirements, please feel free to contact us at any time.

After the project is completed

zivik Funding procedure - After a project is completed

The Final Report on Expenditure of Funds must be submitted following the conclusion of the funding period. Generally this is within two months. The exact date is stipulated in the respective Funding Agreement.

Statement of accounts

Please use Appendix 10 of the grant contract to prepare the Final Report on Expenditure of Funds. The Summary Report should provide detailed information on (1) the overall implementation of the project broken down into individual project phases and (2) the objectives and successes achieved by the project and its impact on the conflict environment. Please pay careful attention to our Guidelines for Preparing the Summary Report (DOCX).

Original receipts and documents must be retained for five years for examination by the German Foreign Office, its intermediary organisations and the Federal Court of Audit. On-site examinations of project documentation may also take place during project evaluations.

Additional information and sample forms for the Final Report

Additional Information and Sample Forms for the Final Report

Current exchange rates can be found here

If you have any questions or require additional advice, please feel free to contact the zivik team.

Repayment of project funds

We request that repayments of project funds be made via bank transfer to the following ifa account:

Baden-Wuerttembergische Bank
Address: Kleiner Schlossplatz 11, D-70173 Stuttgart, Germany
Account holder: Institut fuer Auslandsbeziehungen e. V.
Account number: 206 47 45
Bank code number: 600 501 01
IBAN: DE73 60050101 0002064745

Please list your reference number, the date of the funding agreement and the project title on the bank transfer form. In case of late repayment, ifa is required to charge default interest pursuant to section 1.2 of the Special Auxiliary Provisions of the Federal Foreign Office. Default interest is calculated at 5% above the base interest rate, as stipulated by the German Federal Ministry of Finance.


Current projects 

Annually, the zivik funding programme supports about 70 NGOs. Individual projects differ in terms of country and region, the choice of target groups and applied methods. Presented here are projects, which are both currently conducted and ongoing. The outcome is yet not known. Nonetheless, we hope that by tracking these examples, to be able to convey a vivid impression of the wide range of projects the zivik funding programme is supporting.

More current and exemplary projects will soon be presented here.


Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen
zivik Funding Programme
Linienstr. 139/140
D-10115 Berlin
Phone +49.30.284491-60
Fax +49.30.284491-70

Further Information

"There ist a certain kind of peace that is not merely the absence of war. It is larger than that. ... The peace I am thinking of is the dance of an open mind when it engages another equally open one."

Toni Morrison

"The most violent element in society is ignorance."

Emma Goldman

"Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step."

Martin Luther King, Jr.

"After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many mor hills to climb."

Nelson Mandela

"It is true of the nation, as of the individual, that the greatest doer must also be a great dreamer."

Theodore Roosevelt

"How can one not speak about war, poverty and inequality when people who suffer from thes afflictions don't have a voice to speak?"

Isabel Allende

"If you want t make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner."

Nelson Mandela