International NGO Safety Organisation
Providing Safety Support to Humanitarians
INSO is the new global charity dedicated exclusively to issues of humanitarian safety.
In response to rising levels of violence against aid workers worldwide, our core mission is to assist humanitarian agencies in conducting their operations safely and to minimize the risks faced by their staff and beneficiaries.
We achieve this through the operation of NGO Safety Offices (NSO) - which work on the ground alongside our NGO partners in violent or insecure contexts - to provide high quality, real-time information and analysis of the local security conditions.
We aim to support informed decision making, by improving agencies immediate situational awareness, and to defend impartial humanitarian action by providing information that is free from a political agenda.
INSO is an independent, non-profit and entirely civilian organisation that was established to work exclusively for the humanitarian sector. We do not, and will not, knowingly provide support or information to any government, military or private sector agency.
INSO was launched in July 2011 when we took over the operation of the Afghanistan NGO Safety Office (ANSO) providing services to more than 250 NGOs there. Please follow the link top right to access news and reports from that project specifically.
We have already expanded to start new platforms in both Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo - with more on the horizon - and will be developing individual websites for those to be integrated under this common address.
Up to date news and information of INSO globally will be included in the "Latest News" box to the right, so be sure to return frequently.
Finally, please note that INSO is an operational organisation, with strict confidentiality policies, and so we do not use our website to disseminate sensitive information and it is not intended to be used as a real-time safety resource.
If you would like to contact INSO with any queries, or to register for services in any of the countries we operate, please drop us a line at:
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April 6 - 16th - INSO visits Bamako, Mali for scoping mission.
February 20th - INSO discussed at FONGIM forum in Mali with positive response from large number of NGOs.
February 16th - INSO obtains wide support for Syria response and establishes Scope of Service to include alerts and training. Proposal development and registration begin.
February 4th - 14th - INSO conducts scoping mission in Antakya re: possible Syria response
January 25th - INSO engages with NGO group in Mali re: possible platform set up
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November 19th - 21st - INSO team remains in Goma issuing live updates and alerts to registered NGOs.
November 15th - INSO Kenya goes live on deadline and launchs a new members only site at www.ngosafety-kenya.org (paste in browser as hidden from search engines)
October 30th - November 10th - NGO group in Jordan contacts INSO in light of possible response needed. Initiating board of ten now being formed.
October 23rd - INSO Kenya initiates partner registration.
October 18th - INSO passes its first statutory Annual Audit with flying colors. The audit report is available on the UK Charity Commission website.
October 5th - INSO submits proposal to DFID UK for core funding and to establish an emergency response capacity
October 3rd - INSO Directors from Afghanistan, Kenya and DRC participate in the annual EISF conference in Geneva on the topic of NGO Safety Offices
September 24 - INSO discusses situation in Mali with NGOs on the ground in view of a possible response
September 3 - INSO is delighted to welcome Mr Sean McDonald to the INSO Kenya team as Regional Safety Analyst for Dadaab
August 15th - INSO launches scheduled services out of the Goma, DRC office - on time !
August 1st/15th - INSO is delighted to welcome Martin Notley (Kenya), Stephane Lamer (DRC), Ross Baillie (Afg) and Tereza Beniakova (Afg) to our worldwide team of Regional Safety Analysts
July 3rd - INSO is awarded NGO status by Government of Kenya - in a record seven days!
July 1st - Nathan Ronaldson ends his term as ANSO Director in Afghanistan and hands over to Tomas Muzik
June 24th - INSO/GOAL receive confirmation of ECHO funding for Kenya platform and authorization to incur costs. Co-funding (SDC) pending final review. Neil initiates recruitment of RSA staff and logistical set up.
June 19th - INSO appoints Mr.Neil Barriskell as INSO Director Kenya. Starting on July 18th, Neil joins us from GOAL regional security team and brings a wealth of Kenya and security management experience to the role.
June 15th - Formal approval of ECHO funding for INSO DRC arrives. Director initiates staff recruitment, NGO registration and program planning - service delivery anticipated by August 15th 2012.
June 10th - INSO is legally recognized by the authorities and receives preliminary authorization to work from DRC Ministry of Justice.
June 1st - INSO Director arrives in Goma and initiates office set up. Merlin, IRC, CARE, AVSI, Solidarities, Handicap International and Save the Children volunteer to the INSO DRC Advisory Board.
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March 30th - INSO is happy to appoint Ms.BANU ALTUNBAS as INSO Director for DRC. Banu joins us from MSF and brings a wealth of experience in the country and region. Proposal remains with donors pending approval.
March 18th - GOAL Ireland and INSO reach agreement to partner on delivery of INSO Kenya
March 7th to 13th - INSO meets with NGOs and Donors in Nairobi, Kenya. GOAL, Save The Children, NRC, OXFAM, MDM and CARE sign up as permanent Advisory Board members and finalize a Scope of Services. INSO initiates Government registration
Feb 29th - NIC LEE steps down as ANSO Director and takes up the role of INSO Executive Director full time. Former ANSO Operations Coordinator, Mr. NATHAN RONALDSON takes over as head of ANSO based in Kabul
February 26th 2012 - DRC proposal is submitted and staff recruitment underway.
Feb 16th 2012 - Kenya finalizes Rules & Regulations of NSO Advisory Board and moves on to define Scope of Services
Feb 12th 2012 - DRC proposal is completed and INSO has begun registration procedures in Kinshasa
Jan 10th, 2012 - Kenya Security Forum provides INSO with a formal request, signed by 18 leading NGOs, for assistance in establishing an NGO Safety Office to operate in Dadaab and Nairobi. INSO accepted the request and is responding.
Dec 20th, 2011 - ECHO gives go ahead for preparation of full proposal for NGO Safety Office in DRC. INSO and NRC responding.
Nov 30th, 2011 - INSO discusses situation in Kenya, Dadaab area in light of a possible response needed
Nov 19th, 2011 - INSO discusses situation in Tindouf, Western Algeria with UNDSS NY - possible response required
Nov 15th, 2011 - INSO/NRC submit Letter of Intent to ECHO for NSO in Goma & Bukavu
Nov 1st, 2011 - INSO enters partnership with Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) to create an NSO in DRC
Oct 12th, 2011 - Mr. NICK DOWNIE joins the INSO Board as European Representative and Technical Expert
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