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.
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.
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.
The nature of our work protecting human rights defenders and humanitarians means that we operate largely behind the scenes. Nonetheless, our new annual report attempts to outline the considerable impact that Open Briefing is having around the world; an impact way beyond what our size and budget would suggest possible. The report also sets out our plans for the next 12 months.