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Risk assessments

Risk assessments

A risk assessment from Open Briefing is an important decision-making tool. An assessment helps civil society organisations and activists clearly identify, understand and manage the risks to them and their work from:

  • Safety threats
  • Security threats
  • Health threats
  • Reputational threats

Risk requires the presence of both (external) threat and (internal) vulnerability. As such, Open Briefing works hard to understand the operating environment and the profile of the individual or organisation that we are assessing and the work that they will be undertaking.

Using our own Security Risk Assessment Tool, Open Briefing’s expert team can provide risk assessments for:

  • Individual travellers
  • Targeted activists
  • Overseas offices
  • New programmes and projects
  • At-risk local partners
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We have recently carried out risk assessments for:

  • A dozen new offices across eight countries for a US human rights organisation protecting civilians in conflict.
  • Three at-risk LGBTI activists in Sri Lanka and Mauritius.
  • An environmental defender in the United States being surveilled and threatened.
  • Two researchers from a British organisation travelling undercover to Russia to meet with local journalists and activists.
  • An at-risk national staff member working on child rights in Ethiopia.
  • The board member of a Swiss foundation visiting anti-poaching initiatives in remote parts of southern Africa.
  • A programme director from an international foundation travelling to Russia to meet local human rights organisations.

Please contact us to discuss your risk assessment needs.

“Open Briefing’s risk assessment process was rigorous, but not onerous; its report was realistic, but not alarmist. It greatly informed our deliberations about our next steps. We were impressed with Open Briefing’s critical, cost effective and bespoke service.”
Adrian Arena, Director, International Human Rights Programme, Oak Foundation

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