The International NGO Safety and 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.


INSSA was founded in 2008 as the first individual membership association for NGO security risk management professionals. Its creation originated from an initiative of security management professionals who were part of InterAction’s Security Advisory Group. INSSA was incorporated on 12th May 2010, and was granted non-profit, tax-exempt status in February 2011. The association has since grown to over 4,000 members from NGOs and affiliated sectors across the world.