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, 11 July 2017: World leaders meet in Hamburg for G20 summit, elections in DR Congo placed on hold by country’s electoral commission, seven Hindu pilgrims killed in crossfire during militant attack in Indian-administrated Kashmir.

11 July 2017

Political and security risk updates from around the world. This week: world leaders meet in Hamburg for G20 summit; elections in DR Congo placed on hold by country’s electoral commission; seven Hindu pilgrims killed in crossfire during militant attack on police patrol in Indian-administrated Kashmir; and more. Read more

The weekly briefing, 27 June 2017: French president’s party secures 61-seat working majority in lower house, Vietnam deports dissident blogger, Saudi-led bloc delivers list of demands to Qatar

27 June 2017

Political and security risk updates from around the world. This week: French president’s party secures 61-seat working majority in elections for national assembly; Vietnam deports dissident blogger to France after stripping the dual national of Vietnamese citizenship; Saudi-led bloc delivers list of demands Qatar must meet to end its isolation; and more. Read more

Monthly intelligence briefing on the Boko Haram insurgency: May 2017

13 June 2017

The second of five monthly intelligence briefings on the Boko Haram insurgency being 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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