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“Open Briefing has the potential to equip campaigners with the information they need to expose wrong-doing and to identify alternative solutions.”
Gemma Mortensen, chief global officer, Change.org

Open Briefing supports at-risk organisations and activists around the world with innovative safety, security and intelligence services.

We work with human rights defenders, local NGOs, independent journalists, environmental defenders, peacebuilders and others on the frontlines of civil society.

We help them achieve social and environmental change by ensuring their physical, digital and psychological security or through enhancing their campaigns with intelligence and research support.

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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.

Recent examples of how we have promoted this vision include work with:

  • Human rights defenders in Iraq, Nigeria and Central African Republic.
  • Privacy campaigners and anti-corruption activists in the United Kingdom.
  • Child rights campaigners in Ethiopia.
  • LGBTI activists in Namibia.
  • Wildlife conservationists in Mozambique.
  • Environmental defenders in South Africa.
  • War crimes investigators in Liberia.
  • International NGOs in the United States, Switzerland and Britain.

Open Briefing is a groundbreaking non-profit social enterprise launched in 2011. We are unique international team of humanitarians, human rights defenders, peacebuilders and environmentalists working together with military, intelligence, law enforcement and government veterans. We are supported by volunteers and funded by charitable grants and public donations.

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Ethical framework

  • Signatory of the Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and NGOs in Disaster Relief.
  • Bound by the code of conduct for members of the International NGO Safety and Security Association.
  • Member or associate member of the Charities Security Forum, the Humanitarian Practice Network, the International NGO Safety and Security Association (INSSA), BOND, the Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP) and the UK Cyber Security Forum.
  • Certified member of Social Enterprise UK.
  • Certified partner of CybSafe.
  • Signatory of the Armed Forces Covenant, and awarded a Bronze Award by the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS).
  • Member of the UK government’s Disability Confident scheme, and awarded a Level 1 certificate.
  • Signatory of the Charter for employers who are positive about mental health.

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“Issues of security and defence are often the least transparent to the public. Open Briefing is an important contribution to ensuring democratic oversight of governments and armies.”
John Feffer, co-director, Foreign Policy in Focus