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“Open Briefing has been an essential service to me and my organisation. Their expert team couples on-the-ground knowledge of complex, insecure
environments with pragmatic solutions. I am grateful Open Briefing exists; they permit me to make well-thought-out decisions on how to oversee my organisation’s duty of care”
Jessi Ginther, Operations Director, Center for Civilians in Conflict

We believe in creating a more resilient civil society that can protect vulnerable communities and a fragile environment within an increasingly restricted civic space.

Our direct contribution to this is to support at-risk organisations and activists around the world by ensuring their physical, digital and psychosocial security or through enhancing their campaigns with intelligence and research support. We do this by providing high-impact capacity-building and technical assistance in the form of:

  • Audits and consultancy
  • Training and capacity building
  • Tools, advice and signposting

By working with us:

  • human rights defenders, humanitarians and others on the frontlines of civil society can properly understand and manage the threats to them and their work; and
  • charities and other NGOs can meet their duty of care and safeguarding obligations to staff, local partners and beneficiaries.

We focus our resources on supporting high-risk, low-capacity organisations and campaigners, but have worked extensively with the senior management teams of international donors and NGOs. Our team has recently supported:

  • Human rights defenders in Iraq, Afghanistan, Ukraine, Central African Republic, Mali and Nigeria.
  • Privacy campaigners and anti-corruption activists in the United Kingdom.
  • At-risk child rights campaigners in Ethiopia.
  • LGBTI activists in Namibia.
  • Wildlife conservationists and anti-poaching initiatives in Mozambique.
  • Award-winning environmental defenders in South Africa.
  • Targeted war crimes investigators in Liberia.
  • International NGOs in the United States, Switzerland and Britain.

Last year, Open Briefing…

2017-19 overview
Open Briefing is a groundbreaking not-for-profit social enterprise pursuing charitable objectives. We are a unique international collective of humanitarians, human rights defenders, peacebuilders and environmentalists; military, intelligence, government and law enforcement veterans; and partners in the private and third sectors. We are supported by volunteers and funded by charitable grants and public donations.

Launched in 2011, Open Briefing was the first non-profit to provide professional security, risk and intelligence services to NGOs and other social change agents. With the addition of digital security, safeguarding and psychosocial support to our portfolio of services, we continue to be pioneers in this field.

To learn more about how we are different, read our core values statement and our ethical, environmental and equal opportunities policies.

“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. The value of that contribution cannot be over-estimated.”
Nick Martlew, UK director, Crisis Action