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.
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 Safety and 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.
Although established initially as a Charity Fund, Humanitarian Organisation in 2015. The organisation now functions as an international consultancy, providing remote support, mentoring and training to organisations in the field.
Where we work
The headquarters in the United Kingdom provides both administrative and technical support to the field.
Acceptance International has representatives based in central and eastern Ukraine.
Acceptance International maintain relationships with donors in Estonia including the Ministry of Foriegn Affairs.
The organisation established a representative office in Riga, in early 2019.