By International Social Service, the Global Social Work Organization

100 years of child protection and family reunification

100 years of

Women explorers

It is in Geneva, Switzerland, that ISS was founded by a handful of women. Facing the challenges of post World War I migrations, these women explorers recognised the need for coordinated action between countries to ease the passage of those travelling to unfamiliar lands, and to reduce the numbers of migrants being refused entry to countries they had gone to. The idea of an international migration agency was born.

Their firm belief and commitment to assist and support migrant families led to the development of the ISS case by case tailored approach. For each situation, no matter how complex, a solution was sought to reunite and protect families and children. This is what has made the ISS model genuinely human – centered.

100 years of Women explorers

And tomorrow ?

For the future of ISS, women, along with fellow men, will continue to lead ISS. The use of artificial intelligence and other technologies will enhance ISS capacity and ability, allowing better timeliness and effectiveness in worldwide cross border service delivery.

And tomorrow ?

ISS will continue to expand and consolidate its global outreach.
Standardised training and AI technology will bring improvements to current social work service delivery, leveraging the organisational long history of casework to eliminate language and cultural barriers as well as repetitive work, cut costs, free up time for caseworkers for them to invest in supporting beneficiaries.

ISS seeks to better quantify and qualify its social impact worldwide. Through the years, ISS has collected substantial data on the number of cases and beneficiaries of its interventions.
Introducing standard Key Performance Indicators across the network and using existing data on successes and challenges will enhance ISS capacity to measure its impact.

100 years of

Pioneer advocacy

Solidly anchored on national levels through its worldwide network and community of social workers, ISS has been at the forefront of a changing social panorama, tackling complex challenges and real-life situations around child protection, childrens’ rights, family reunification and mediation, and much more.

As a result, since 1924 and ever since, ISS has contributed to the development of international private and public law.

100 years of Pioneer advocacy

And tomorrow ?

Being a valued actor on the international socio-humanitarian scene, connected with a wide variety of partners, among which, international organisations, NGO’s, academic institutions and research institutes, ISS will continue to advocate and contribute to the development of policies in favor of children’s rights.

Research and publication capacity, in support of ISS advocacy will expand exponentially thanks to our knowledge and research platform which will include 10 decades of experience from tens of thousands ISS conducted cross-border cases. 200 linear meters of ISS archives will be digitalised and integrated into this database which will be an open multilingual source for knowledge .

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ISS, the Global Social Work Organization

ISS is present in more than 120 countries, constituting a well-connected network of NGOs, authorities and private social work practices. The ISS global network is coordinated by the ISS General Secretariat in Geneva.
Meet our Members and Members to Be.


Members ad interim
  • Albania
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Monaco
  • Slovak Republic
  • Slovenia


Members ad interim
  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Cayman Islands
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Guyana
  • Honduras
  • Jamaica
  • Uruguay


Members ad interim
  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Benin
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Central African Republic
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Egypt
  • Ethiopia
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Guinea Conakry
  • Guinea Bissau
  • Ivory Coast
  • Liberia
  • Malawi
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Morocco
  • Namibia
  • Nigeria
  • Rwanda
  • Senegal
  • Seychelles
  • Somalia
  • South Sudan
  • Togo
  • Tunisia
  • Uganda
  • Zimbabwe

Asia & Oceania

Members ad interim
  • Afghanistan
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iraq
  • Jordan
  • Laos
  • Mongolia
  • Palestine
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Sri Lanka
  • Syria
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Vietnam

International Social Service - West Africa Office

BP 16 603
Dakara, Fann 10 760
Tel:(+221) 33 860 17 44

Asia-Pacific Regional Office (APRO)

International Social Service Hong Kong Branch
6/F, Southorn Centre,
130 Hennessy Road,
Wan Chai,
Hong Kong
Tel.: +852 2835 7544
Fax: +852 2834 7627