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. Founded in 1927 under the auspices of the International Labour Organization, the ISSA counts more than 320 member organizations in over 150 countries.


The ISSA provides access to information, expert advice, business standards, practical guidelines and platforms for members to build and promote dynamic social security systems worldwide. The vision of dynamic social security provides a framework for the ISSA's action.

As the leading international organization fostering cooperation of social security institutions at the international level, the ISSA assists its global membership in this important task.

The ISSA focuses on technical and administrative improvements in social security among its membership and works towards strengthening the role of social security institutions in national social security policy debates. In the pursuit of its constitutional mandate to promote and develop social security throughout the world, the ISSA makes a unique contribution to the improvement of social security outcomes on the basis of social justice.


Dynamic social security refers to social security systems that are accessible, sustainable, adequate, socially inclusive and economically productive, and that are based on performing, well-governed, proactive and innovative social security institutions. In line with the nature of the ISSA as an association of social security institutions, the vision of promoting dynamic social security ties social security improvements to the capacities and performance of these institutions.

To implement a range of projects and activities, the ISSA Secretariat works closely with its Technical Commissions, and the Special Commission on Prevention and its unique network of International Prevention Sections. The ISSA organizes four Regional Social Security Forums during the triennium, and a series of topic-related Technical Seminars and International Conferences on key social security issues.

The ISSA monitors and disseminates, mainly via its Web portal, data on national social security programmes as well as the results of research and policy analysis. The Association facilitates the collection and exchange of good practices and the improvement of social security through knowledge transfer and advocacy.

The ISSA maintains close partnerships with the International Labour Organization and with other international bodies active in the field of social security.


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