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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 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


Ukraine

Acceptance International has representatives 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


Estonia

Acceptance International maintain relationships with donors in Estonia


Latvia

The organisation is planning to establish a pressence in Latvia in 2019


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


Provided remote safety and security support to Humanitarian programs in Syria
Provided training and mentoring to to Humanitarian programs in Turkey as well as Crisis response management, mentoring and training
Provided safety and security training to Humanitarian organisations in Somalia
Provided Crisis response, mentoring to a to Humanitarian organisation in South Sudan
Provided safety and security training to a Humanitarian organisation in Pakistan
Provided mentorring on Disaster and Resilience contingencies to the government of the Philippines
Have provided support to Humanitarian Organisations and staff operating in Azerbaijan
Provided Crisis response, mentoring and capacity building training to to a to Humanitarian staff in Bangladesh
Have carried out risk, assessments, security assesments, contingincey planning and humanitarian assessments within the Russian Federation 
Have provided training and support to both United Nations Agencies and NGO's in Ukraine as well as implimented Humanitarian Programs, built and developed acceptance strategies and provided capacity building, mentoring and training to a wide range of humanitarian organisations
Provided Crisis response management, mentoring and training Humanitarian programs in Poland

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
Russian Federation
Central African Republic
Mali
Mozambique
Ukraine
Indonesia
Peru
Senegal
Lebanon
Tunisia