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.




This Handbook has been developed as a collaborative effort between the Policy and Best Practices Service (PBPS) of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and Department of Field Support (DFS) and the Training for Peace Programme at the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD). In the process, many people made important contributions that have added enormous value to the end product.


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