International NGO Safety Organisation

Who we are

Dedicated to

humanitarian safety

Boys look over Kabul

Our history

Rooted in humanitarian principles and practices

INSO emerged from the complex political conflict of Afghanistan, where NGOs continue to face challenges to safety and access.


Recognising the dangers of poor coordination, we set out to build an institution to support NGO programming in high-risk countries.


Today, INSO has succeeded in making safety coordination a standard feature of humanitarian response.


Our Principles

Our organisation

An important pillar of the coordination architecture

Founded in 2011, INSO is an independent, international Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) headquartered in The Hague, Netherlands.


We serve as the safety coordination and advisory body to the NGO community and provide daily support to more than 1,000 registered organisations working in high-risk contexts.


Alongside the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) and the various local and international NGO platforms, we serve as an important pillar of the humanitarian coordination architecture.

INSO teams near Goma, DRC discuss with partners. Credit: O. Acland/INSO

Our structure

Built to deliver from the ground up

We are a field focused organisation built around regional programming areas in West, Central and East Africa and the Middle East.


More than 90% of our staff are from the country they work in and are guided and supported by small teams of international experts.


Our HQ consists of mostly former field personnel and is overseen by an independent Board of Directors.


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