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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 online and in the real world.

Our international team provides high-impact training, consultancy and retained support across safety and security, digital security, and wellbeing and resilience, complemented by a unique intelligence and research capability. No other non-profit provides this comprehensive, holistic approach.

 
Defend

We respond to immediate threats, providing highly-effective security and wellbeing support and standing in solidarity with high-risk, low-capacity civil society organisations and activists targeted for their work.

Strengthen
Working at all levels of an organisation, from volunteers to board members, we assess needs and develop and embed appropriate and cost-effective security and wellbeing strategies that bring about transformative changes.

Empower
Social change agents and their donors benefit from long-term partnerships with us as a trusted ally, enabling them to meet their duty of care and safeguarding obligations and 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.

Open Briefing is certified social enterprise and funded by a combination of service contracts and donations from individuals and foundations, including Oak Foundation and the National Endowment for Democracy. We are a member of the CIVICUS Alliance, the Vuka! Coalition for Civic Action, the Charities Security Forum and the International NGO Safety and Security Association.

Read more about our history, values and team.

“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

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