Open Briefing supports at-risk organisations and activists around the world with innovative safety, security and intelligence services.

We work with human rights defenders, local NGOs, independent journalists, environmental defenders, peacebuilders and others with limited capacities and resources.

We help them achieve social and environmental change by ensuring their physical and cyber security or through enhancing their campaigns with intelligence and research support.

“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

“An incredibly valuable week. An eye-opening, thought-provoking and heart-pounding course.”
Homer Venters, Director of Programmes, Physicians for Human Rights

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, 8 December 2017: UAE announces new partnership with Saudi Arabia, British prime minister suffers another setback in Brexit negotiations, Boko Haram militants kill 17 people in two suicide attacks

8 December 2017

Political and security risk updates from around the world. This week: UAE announces new partnership with Saudi Arabia outside of the GCC; British prime minister suffers another humiliating setback in Brexit negotiations; Boko Haram militants kill 17 people in two suicide attacks in north-eastern Nigeria; and more. Read more

The weekly briefing, 29 November 2018: UN peacekeepers killed in Mali, political turmoil engulfs the US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, militants kill over 300 people in northern Sinai

29 November 2017

Political and security risk updates from around the world. This week: four UN peacekeepers killed in two separate attacks in northern Mali; political turmoil engulfs the US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as Trump attempts to appoint loyalist as acting director; militants kill over 300 people in bomb and gun attack on mosque in northern Sinai province; and more.
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The weekly briefing, 22 November 2017: Robert Mugabe resigns, commander of US Strategic Command highlights limits to Donald Trump’s executive power, UN warns situation in Yemen is critical

22 November 2017

Political and security risk updates from around the world. This week: Robert Mugabe resigns after 37 years as Zimbabwe’s president; commander of US Strategic Command highlights limits to Donald Trump’s executive power with regard nuclear weapons; UN humanitarian coordinator for Yemen warns that situation in Yemen is critical following Saudi blockade of the country; and more. Read more

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