History - INTERSOS



INTERSOS – on the side of people in need for over 20 years

INTERSOS is a not for profit humanitarian aid organization that works to bring assistance to people in danger victims of natural disasters and armed conflicts. Established in 1992 with the support of the Italian Federation of Trade Unions, its actions are based on the values of solidarity, justice, human dignity, equal rights and opportunities for all people and respect for diversity and coexistence, with a particular focus on the most vulnerable and the unprotected.

INTERSOS espouses the core values of CONCORD, the European Confederation of NGOs; it adheres to international codes of conduct for humanitarian organizations and to the values and principles enshrined in those codes.

INTERSOS is recognized by the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the European Commission and the main UN agencies; furthermore, it has the privilege of having the advisory status within the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

INTERSOS is an independent association which, through its own humanitarian operators, acts to effectively meet the needs of people in serious crisis situations especially in the world’s poorest regions, i.e. people who suffer and are deprived of rights, dignity and essentials goods. It maintains a flexible operating structure. Its head office in Italy coordinates, supports and monitors the planned activities in the countries of intervention carried out by decentralized offices.
The statutory bodies that steer, decide and monitor the interventions, activities, and finances of INTERSOS, are: the Members Assembly, the Council, the Society for Auditing and Certification of Accounts.


• To give an immediate response in humanitarian crises by bringing emergency relief to the victims of armed conflict, drought, famine, landmines or unexploded devices, and other natural disasters.

• To provide primary emergency relief and simultaneously begin to work to promote a return to normal living conditions, the resumption of dialogue and the strengthening of peace, reconstruction and growth.

• To stimulate, encourage and involve Italian society in helping to develop and spread the existing culture of solidarity and international justice.