Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Network International Cooperation in Conflicts and Disasters (NICD)

Side Event

Breaking Perpetual Cycles of Violence and Conflict

CIVIC’s Community-Based Protection Approach – with Special Focus on Iraq

Sustainable peace and development only have a chance when civilians are effectively protected from conflict-related harm. CIVIC works directly with affected local communities on the ground to support them in becoming active agents and advocates for their own protection issues which they understand better than anyone else.

CIVIC helps civilians overcome trust barriers with armed actors and create protection dialogues that are conducive to peacebuilding and economic development alike. This session focuses on the practical implications of CIVIC’s community-based protection approach across different contexts. Special emphasis will be given on CIVIC’s activities in Iraq where the organization established community-based gender-sensitive groups in Kirkuk, Mosul, and Nineveh. This will be complemented by responses from GIZ, drawing on practical on-the-ground experiences as well.


Markus Mayer, Head Competence Centre Peace and Emergency Aid, GIZ


  • Marc Linning, Senior Protection Advisor, CIVIC

  • Saad Al-Khalidy, Iraq Manager of Programs, CIVIC

  • Natalia Herberg Jiménez, Peacebuilding Advisor, GIZ Iraq

  • Urte Luetzen, Advisor, GIZ Competence Centre Peace and Emergency Aid


For registering to the event, please contact Nita Stine Schaub – Community Manager, Network International Cooperation in Conflicts and Disasters (NICD), GIZ via

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The FriEnt Peacebuilding Forum is a series of events on current and overarching challenges and trends in peacebuilding. With the Peacebuilding Forum, we want to provide future-oriented impulses for the development of peacebuilding and strengthen the visibility and importance of the policy field in its entirety.


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