Safety and Security Support to Humanitarian Organisations
Who we are
Whilst watching the War unfold in Bosnia in 1992, we saw governments and international organizations alike struggle to take effective action. There was a lack of understanding on 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 felt more supported in their obligation to object to the crimes being committed. Many of those crimes may have been able to have been prevented or more quickly reported, often by staff at the lowest levels.
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 utilizing an acceptance approach has its weaknesses, resulting in a reactive response to "bunker down"
Behind 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.
This is an integral process 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 safety and security support to Humanitarian Organizations in Hostile environments.
Where we work
Acceptance International has representatives based in central and Eastern Ukraine.
A support office is based in the United Kingdom which provides both administrative and technical support to the field
Acceptance International maintain relationships with donors in Estonia
The organisation is planning to establish a pressence in Latvia in 2019