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Our impact in 2023

In 2023, we received more calls for assistance from activists, communities, and organisations under threat than ever before. In response, our international team provided over 4,600 hours of direct support and trained over 1,000 defenders across 93 countries. Despite the challenges, those that we supported last year reported an incredible 21% decrease in risk following our work with them.

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Our impact in 2022

In 2022, we answered more calls for assistance across more countries than ever before. Our international teams of protection specialists, digital security consultants, and counsellors and psychologists provided nearly 6,000 hours of direct support to civil society organisations and activists under threat in 68 countries.

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Our impact in 2021

Last year was a time of global pandemic and closing civic space, not least of all with the coup in Myanmar and the fall of Afghanistan. The number of calls for our help nearly trebled compared to the previous year. Despite these challenges, those we worked with reported a 15% increase in capacity and a 14% decrease in risk. We provided over 6,000 hours of direct support to civil society organisations and activists under threat in 41 countries and trained over 1,600 human rights defenders.

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Impact Report 2020

Open Briefing is a unique non-profit that provides human rights defenders and other civic actors at risk with mentoring, capacity building and multilingual resources to improve their safety and security, digital security, and wellbeing and resilience. As a social enterprise, we also help charities, grantmakers, and social businesses understand and meet their risk management, duty of care, data protection, and safeguarding commitments.

In 2020, our 10th anniversary year, we supported more defenders, collectives, and organisations than ever. Some of the highlights include:

  • We responded to 127 requests for support.
  • We provided 400 hours of mentoring and capacity building.
  • We trained 350 civic actors at risk during 40 workshops and other trainings.
  • We worked in or on 46 countries.

Crucially our support resulted in significant positive impacts for our beneficiaries, clients, and users around the world, including:

  • 17% increase in resilience.
  • 23% increase in capacity.
  • 4% decrease in self-reported risk.

Full details are in our new Impact Report 2020.

2019 impact report

Open Briefing has published its impact report for 2019. We estimate that we directly strengthened the safety and resilience of 430 human rights defenders and other civic actors across the world during 2019 – a 23% increase on 2018. Beneficiaries that Open Briefing supported during 2019 reported an average 82% increase in confidence in their organisation’s security and/or wellbeing due to our work with them.

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