Enabling the delivery of humanitarian and development assistance.


The International NGO Safety & Security Association (INSSA) is a non-profit global membership association of individuals committed to improving the quality and effectiveness of safety and security for humanitarian relief and development assistance workers operating in complex and dangerous environments. INSSA does this through four main avenues of programming:  Advocacy, Collaboration, Education & Professional Development, and Standardization.



To enhance the professional development and build the safety and security capacity of those working in the humanitarian aid and development sector.



A world in which humanitarian and development assistance is safely accessed and delivered to people in need.

The Challenge

Significant differences in the approach to NGO security exist among American, European, and Southern NGOs. These differences result in poor information sharing and cooperation both at the headquarters level and in the field, creating fragmented and incoherent responses across the international humanitarian community. This fragmentation impairs the impact of security measures, particularly at the national level where the risk is greatest.

The Goal

To overcome this dysfunctional reality within the humanitarian sphere, members of InterAction's Security Advisory Group began thinking of ways to create a more structured means of advocating, collaborating, educating and standardizing safety and security within the NGO community.


In 2008, USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) recognized the need to create an association of humanitarian relief and development security professionals that would raise awareness, create best practices, and connect individuals throughout every level of NGO management. In 2008, OFDA awarded InterAction a three-year, cooperative agreement to develop the association.


The Result

The International NGO Safety and Security Association (INSSA) was founded to provide the necessary platform to facilitate the implementation and delivery of safety and security to NGO staff, enabling them to serve the beneficiaries of humanitarian and development aid. INSSA was incorporated on May 12, 2010 and was granted non-profit, tax-exempt status (501(c)3,) by the United State Internal Revenue Service in February 2011. In July 2011, OFDA issued a no-cost extension until July 2012.



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