Acceptance is one of the pillars of aid security risk management (SRM). An acceptance strategy ensures access to populations in need while ensuring duty of care for staff and the protection of assets. A good acceptance strategy builds on effective relationships to cultivate and maintain consent from beneficiaries, local communities, local authorities and community leaders. It also includes engaging as far as possible with threat actors to avoid, prevent, or mitigate potential dangers in order to ensure access to vulnerable populations and undertake programme activities.
This Insecurity Insight document provides a list of practical steps that can be taken to develop acceptance based security risk mitigation measures in Haiti. It draws on NGO experiences in developing an acceptance-based security risk approach in Haiti and elsewhere.