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“Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery"

About Us

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Mir = Peace

Safety and Security Support to Humanitarian Organisations

Who we are

Whilst watching the War unfold in Bosnia in 1992 we all saw governments and international organizations alike struggle to take effective action or even understand what the “right thing to do” was during extremely difficult circumstances.

Alleged complicity of the International Community in the crimes committed during this period has been well documented.

It is our firm belief that had individuals on the ground being more willing or felt supported in their obligation to object to the crimes being committed at the lowest levels, many of those crimes may have not occurred.

The Humanitarian crisis which followed the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, confirmed the need for an Ethical and Moral approach to Security Management and strong support for Humanitarians responding to emergencies. 

The complexity of the Humanitarian response throughout Africa, the rise of extremism and the increase in the targeting of Humanitarians in the Middle East have all contributed to a extremely dangerous environment for Humanitarian staff. 

The traditional view that simply utilizing an acceptance approach has clearly not been working resulting in a reactive response to "bunker down" erecting barbed wire topped walls, or even employing armed guards. 

Humanitarian Security Management is a complex and ever changing concept. 

We work hard to support the humanitarian community from within, and provide suitable appropriate security support which drives essential programs forward, rather then restricts them.

All of our staff complement their field positions by staying abreast of relevant publications, maintaining a strong awareness of global and regional developments and new approaches to coordination.

Our team members are fully conversant in concepts such as Humanitarian Principles, the acceptance approach to NGO Security and a passionate advocates of considering the gendered nature of humanitarian security management.

What we do

Acceptance International provides security support to Humanitarian Organizations in Hostile environments. 

Where we work


Ukraine

Acceptance International has staff based in central and Eastern Ukraine


United Kingdom

A support office is based in the United Kingdom which provides both administrative and technical support to the field.

 
Where we have worked
Acceptance International has supported Humanitarian Operations in the following countries and regions

Syria
Turkey
Somalia
South Sudan
Pakistan
Philippines
Azerbaijan
Bangladesh
Russia
Ukraine
Where we can work
Conflict Affected Regions


Afghanistan
Iraq
Mexico
Syria

Turkey
Somalia
Kenya
Nigeria
Sudan
Cameroon
Niger
Chad
Libya
Yemen
Saudi Arabia
Egypt
South Sudan
Ethiopia

India
Pakistan
Iran
Myanmar
Thailand
Isreal
Palestine
Colombia
Philippines
Angola
Armenia
Azerbaijan
Bangladesh
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Burundi
Russia
Central African Republic
Mali
Mozambique
Ukraine
Indonesia
Peru
Senegal
Lebanon
Tunisia