“My experience with humanitarian aid goes back to 2004 when, as a complete newcomer, I was given the chance to work as a psychologist in Kabul for three months. I assumed it would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but when I was confronted with the reality on the ground and realised what could and should be done in my field of work, I engaged myself more and more. As a consultant for Caritas Germany and together with my Afghan team we developed and implemented a psychosocial project in Kabul and then applied the concept in other countries as well. Over time, I realised that psychosocial wellbeing formed a crosscutting issue relevant to the sustainability of projects in general. There was a clear need for an organisation specialised in psychosocial care and mental health. Furthermore, cultural dialogue and the arts as a way of supporting social and local cultural identity in a globalised world seemed to be relevant, enabling people to balance the tension between global and local, self and other.

Thus, I founded Ipso in 2008 as a non-profit organisation registered in Germany as a “gGmbH“. Ipso grew quickly and I want to thank all people who support this development through their wonderful work and commitment.

Today we are a team of engaged people who work together with enthusiasm and compassion and are determined to make a difference.”

Inge Missmahl, Managing Director