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
Acceptance International has staff 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.