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Human rights defenders, humanitarian aid workers, peacebuilders, environmental defenders, independent journalists and others are risking their lives every day to protect vulnerable communities and a fragile environment within an increasingly restricted civic space.

Thousands of NGO workers are robbed, harassed, surveilled or injured each year by state security agents, armed militia or criminals. So far in 2017, 153 environmental defenders, 90 aid workers and 45 journalists and media workers have been killed. In 2016, 281 human rights defenders were killed, 259 journalists were imprisoned and 89 aid workers were kidnapped. In 2015, 185 environmental defenders were killed in the worst year on record. One hundred journalists and media workers were killed that year and 200 imprisoned. In the 15 years between 2000 and 2014, over 3,000 aid workers were killed, injured or kidnapped.

The goal of effective NGO security risk management is to enable programming not prevent itClick To Tweet

Following the 2015 Dennis vs. Norwegian Refugee Council case and an earlier case against the aid agency Samaritan’s Purse, NGOs and board members are increasingly aware of the legal 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.

“We felt like we had a guardian angel looking after us during our field visits.”
Leonardo Lacerda, Environment Programme Director, Oak Foundation

Open Briefing provides travel threat assessments, security risk assessments, security plans, security audits, medical and crisis response travel insurance and first aid, communications and protective equipment, including body armour, first aid kits, sat phones and personnel and asset trackers. Working with our partners, we can also arrange medics, security advisers and emergency response teams. Please note, Open Briefing operates a strict ‘no weapons policy’.

Grants and subsidies may be available to help NGOs access our security risk management 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.