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We prevent and respond to serious attacks on civil society and civic space around the world and work to create the conditions in which they no longer happen. We defend, strengthen and empower those on the frontlines of civil society by keeping them and their partners safe and secure, both online and in the real world.

Open Briefing is a unique non-profit that provides human rights defenders and other civic actors at risk with mentoring, capacity building and multilingual resources to improve their safety and security, digital security, and wellbeing and resilience. As a social enterprise, we also help charities, grantmakers, and social businesses understand and meet their risk management, duty of care, data protection, and safeguarding commitments to staff and local partners.

Since 2011, we have supported a wide range of rights-based and humanitarian actors around the world, including in violent environments and restricted civic spaces. Our work both on the ground with defenders, activists, and collectives and with the senior management teams and boards of international organisations and donors gives us a deep understanding of risk at all levels of civil society. And we know our support works: our clients and beneficiaries reported a 17% increase in resilience and a 23% increase in capacity last year.


We respond to threats, providing highly-effective support and standing in solidarity with civil society organisations, collectives and defenders targeted for their work.

Working at all levels of an organisation, from volunteers to board members, we assess needs and develop and embed strategies that bring about transformative changes.

Organisations and their donors benefit from long-term partnerships with us as a trusted ally, enabling them to pursue their missions with renewed confidence.

Open Briefing is a member of the Vuka! Coalition for Civic Action, the Defending Land and Environmental Defenders Coalition, the and the security working group of the Defenders in Development campaign. We are a voting member of the CIVICUS global civil society alliance and a non-profit affiliate of the Global Interagency Security Forum.

Open Briefing is funded by a combination of service contracts and donations from individuals and foundations, including Oak Foundation and the National Endowment for Democracy.

“Open Briefing’s holistic approach to security has enabled Goldman Environmental Prize winners to continue their work. Open Briefing is a trusted partner that we depend on to support our most at-risk activists and organisations.”
Goldman Environmental Foundation

Open Briefing is a certified social enterprise and a member of
the CIVICUS global civil society alliance and the Vuka! coalition