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We want a world in which rights are realised and people are free. But civil society and civic space are under serious threat from attacks, harassment and censorship.

Open Briefing is a vital part of the response. 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.

Our international team provides high-impact training, consultancy and resources across safety and security, digital security, and wellbeing and resilience.


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.

Since 2011, we have supported a wide range of social change agents around the world, from multinational humanitarian agencies working in violent environments to small human rights groups and individual environmental defenders and LGBT+ activists living under repression and surveillance. We are a member of the CIVICUS global civil society alliance, the Vuka! Coalition for Civic Action, and the Defending Land and Environmental Defenders Coalition, and a non-profit affiliate of the Global Interagency Security Forum.

Read more about our values and team.

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.

“Without hesitation I recommend Open Briefing. The way they take time to understand your organisation, adapt to your needs, and provide insight and tailored guidance has been unfailingly impressive.”
Nick Martlew, Strategy Director, Digital Action


Open Briefing is a certified social enterprise and a member of
the International NGO Safety and Security Association and CIVICUS