Open Briefing is a groundbreaking non-profit organisation that supports human rights defenders, humanitarian aid workers, peacebuilders, campaigners, freelance journalists and others striving for social and environmental justice or protecting vulnerable communities.

We provide low-cost, high-impact intelligence, security, training and equipment services to organisations and individuals, including those working in or on fragile and conflict-affected states or under repressive regimes.

We also deliver a public intelligence service so that all citizens can know what is really going on in the world and play their part in making it better.

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“Open Briefing’s high-quality analysis helps us focus our energies on where we can have the greatest impact for the protection of civilians in conflict.” Nick Martlew,
UK director, Crisis Action

“Open Briefing can equip campaigners with the information that they need to expose wrong-doing and to identify alternative solutions.” Gemma Mortensen, Chief Global Officer, Change.org

“We were impressed with Open Briefing’s critical, cost effective and bespoke service.” Adrian Arena, International Human Rights Programme Director, Oak Foundation

“Open Briefing’s review of our security plan for our at-risk local partner was of the highest quality and very helpful.” Lisa-Marie Rudi, Programme Officer, Civitas Maxima

Our vision is a stronger civil society that can protect vulnerable communities and a fragile environment and support the development and implementation of policies based on diplomacy, human rights and the rule of law.

Latest publications

The weekly briefing, 16 August 2017: Major protests take place against Venezuela’s new constituent assembly, last surviving founding leader of al-Shabaab defects, tensions between United States and North Korea increase further

16 August 2017

Political and security risk updates from around the world. This week: major protests take place against Venezuela’s new constituent assembly; last surviving founding leader of al-Shabaab defects to Somali government; tensions between United States and North Korea increase further after Pyongyang threatens US military bases in Guam; and more. Read more

The weekly briefing, 3 August 2017: Venezuelan government holds controversial special election, Australian police disrupt terrorist plot, al-Shabaab ambush and kill African Union soldiers in Somalia

3 August 2017

Political and security risk updates from around the world. This week: Venezuelan government holds controversial special election for constituent assembly to rewrite the country’s constitution; Australian police disrupt terrorist plot to bring down aeroplane; al-Shabaab ambush and kill 23 African Union soldiers in southern Somalia; and more. Read more

Monthly intelligence briefing on the Boko Haram insurgency: June 2017

1 August 2017

The third of five monthly intelligence briefings on the Boko Haram insurgency prepared for the Remote Control Project. This briefing summarises and analyses the main international developments, the actions of US and European partners, the actions of local governments and coalitions, and the various Boko Haram operations over the previous month. Read more

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