Excellence in social security administration

The International Social Security Association (ISSA) is the world’s leading international organization for social security institutions, government departments and agencies. The ISSA promotes excellence in social security administration through professional guidelines, expert knowledge, services and support to enable its members to develop dynamic social security systems and policy throughout the world. The ISSA was founded in 1927 under the auspices of the International Labour Organization.


Access to social security is a human right and social security is essential for individuals, societies and economic advancement. Excellence in social security administration is a condition for the successful implementation of the right to social security. Social security coverage and protection cannot be reached without well-governed, performing and trusted social security administrations.

The International Social Security Association (ISSA) is the global organization bringing together social security institutions and government departments. It was founded in 1927 with the historic mandate “to co-operate in the promotion and development of social security, primarily through its technical and administrative improvement, in order to advance the social and economic conditions of the population on the basis of social justice” (Article 2 of the ISSA Constitution).

Pursuing its mandate, the ISSA is the recognized authoritative body to issue professional standards in social security administration and provides its member institutions with knowledge, services and access to networks that effectively support them in tackling and overcoming priority challenges. The ISSA promotes social security and the important role of social security administration at the international level, and makes a key contribution to the development of well-governed social security systems for all.

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