Thursday, April 26, 2012

International NGO Safety and Security Association (INSSA)

It's been awhile since I visited the International NGO Safety and Security Association (INSSA) Web site, but after a friendly email from the project manager, I decided to see what's new.

INSSA has been around since 2010. It's a global non-profit association for practitioners and those interested in humanitarian safety and security. The organization was founded by some of the leaders of the NGO security community and is based out of Washington DC. When INSSA was just getting off the ground, it was pretty small. And in an effort to raise funds for the fledgling association, individual membership fees were charged.

The organization has expanded considerably since then, and now lists a number of members from different NGOs and institutions all over the world. They also no longer seem to be charging for individuals to join. That's cool in my book, as it opens up the association to safety and security focal points and others who may have been limited due to tight organizational budgets.

As humanitarian safety and security evolves to become more of a professional vocation, INSSA appears to be at the right place at the right time (and also picking up some key donors and strategic partners). Check them out. Sign up for a membership. And bookmark their Web page (which aims to provide a variety of resources to the NGO security community).

It's nice to see this association taking off...



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