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Safety and security

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Our safety and security programme focusses on keeping humanitarians and human rights defenders safe from harm within an increasingly restricted civic space.

In this context, safety refers to protection from illness and accidents, and security refers to protection from acts of violence and crime.

Last year alone, 312 human rights defenders, 100 journalists and media workers and 188 humanitarian aid workers were killed. Enough is enough.

Following the 2015 Dennis vs. Norwegian Refugee Council case and an earlier case against the aid agency Samaritan’s Purse, senior management teams and boards are increasingly aware of the legal, contractual and moral duty of care that they have for their employees and others with whom they work . However, many organisations do not know how to respond effectively, and the danger is that some NGOs will become risk adverse.

Open Briefing is challenging this by developing and delivering effective security risk management services for NGOs of all sizes so that they can work safely anywhere in the world.

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This is our flagship programme. Formally launched in October 2016 after a period completing security assignments behind the scenes, our safety and security programme continues to expand in scope and scale and is building a reputation for the highest quality training and consultancy.

“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

Grants and subsidies may be available to help NGOs access our safety and security services.

Open Briefing is a member of the International NGO Safety & Security Association, BOND and the Charities Security Forum. We are also a certified social enterprise.