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.

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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

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, 23 May 2017: Ongoing political turmoil further weakens US president’s legitimacy, ruling and opposition parties publish manifestos ahead of UK general election, unidentified attackers stab leading critic of Kazakh government

23 May 2017

Political and security risk updates from around the world. This week: ongoing political turmoil following US president’s dismissal of FBI director further weakens Trump’s legitimacy; ruling Conservative Party and opposition Labour Party publish manifestos ahead of UK general election called for 8 June; unidentified attackers stab leading critic of Kazakh government after he files lawsuit against senior officials; and more.

The weekly briefing, 16 May 2017: Donald Trump accused of sharing highly-classified allied intelligence with Russia, humanitarian situation in Yemeni capital further deteriorates, Chinese president announces further investment in ambitious Belt and Road Initiative

16 May 2017

Political and security risk updates from around the world. This week: Donald Trump controversially fires FBI director and shares highly-classified allied intelligence with Russian foreign minister and ambassador; humanitarian situation in Yemeni capital further deteriorates after outbreak of cholera; Chinese president announces further investment in ambitious Belt and Road Initiative; and more.

The weekly briefing, 9 May 2017: UN warns that conflict has displaced over two million children in South Sudan, civil unrest continues in Venezuela, head of Islamic State in Afghanistan killed

9 May 2017

Political and security risk updates from around the world. This week: UNICEF and UNHCR warn that conflict has displaced over two million children in South Sudan; civil unrest continues in Venezuela after president signs executive order setting outs plans to rewrite country’s constitution; head of Islamic State in Afghanistan killed in joint US-Afghan special forces operation; and more.

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