United Nations Civil Affairs Handbook

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Civil Affairs are core civilian components of United Nations peacekeeping operations, working at the local level in countries torn by conflict to support the development of social and civic conditions for durable peace. This Handbook is intended as practical guidance for Civil Affairs Officers on the ground, as well as an orientation for people preparing for - or otherwise interested in - civil affairs work. It includes key concepts, current practice, lessons learned and tips. It aims to familiarize users with the context for civil affairs work and UN Peacekeeping, it discusses the guiding principles, skills and attitudes required for civil affairs work, and it focuses on the implementation of the three core civil affairs roles.



Quick impact projects – a tool for confidence-building

This chapter provides practical guidance for Civil Affairs Officers and staff from other mission components who are working as project focal points on Quick Impact Projects (QIPs). The chapter provides tips, tools and examples on each aspect of the project cycle based on experience from the field. This chapter is not aimed at QIP Programme Managers, for whom guidance is available in the DPKO/DFS Guidelines on QIPs.


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