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A guide to insurance for NGOs operating in violent environments

Insurance is an important form of risk management for NGOs that might not be able to bear a significant unplanned financial loss resulting from a security or medical incident in the field. Yet, engaging with brokers and insurers to purchase the right insurance policies can be a confusing and sometimes frustrating process. To help, we have republished our guide from 2018 and included German, Spanish, and Portuguese translations kindly provided by the volunteers at Charity Translators.

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A new quick reference card for foundations supporting grantees in attacks and other emergencies

Progressive grantmakers are increasingly keen to foster the safety and resilience of their grantees in the face of increased attacks, harassment, and censorship. As has been shown in Myanmar, Afghanistan, and Ukraine, grantmakers' resources, connections, and influence, mean that they are also frequently called upon to respond to serious attacks and other emergencies affecting their grantees. To support grantmakers in these roles, we have distilled our experiences supporting the safety and resilience of foundations and their grantees around the world into a quick reference card.

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The Defender’s Protocol is now available in Ukrainian

There is an urgent need for concise and effective security resources to support activists and journalists in Ukraine in the face of the Russian invasion. In response, Open Briefing has published its Holistic Security Protocol for Human Rights Defenders in Ukrainian. Now available in 23 languages, the Defender’s Protocol helps civic actors at risk advance their physical safety, digital security, and wellbeing and resilience.

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The Defender’s Protocol is now available in Burmese / ကာကွယ်သူလုပ်ထုံးလုပ်နည်းနှင့် ကျင့်ဝတ် ကိုမြန်မာဘာသာဖြင့်ရရှိနိုင်သည်

There is an urgent need for concise and effective security resources to support targeted pro-democracy activists and journalists in Myanmar. In response, Open Briefing has published its Holistic Security Protocol for Human Rights Defenders in Burmese. Now available in 22 languages, the Defender’s Protocol helps civic actors at risk advance their physical safety, digital security, and wellbeing and resilience.

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v2.0 of the Defender’s Protocol is available now in 21 languages plus a new online handbook!

Open Briefing has today published an updated version of the Holistic Security Protocol for Human Rights Defenders. The new version of the Defender’s Protocol is available now in 21 languages. We have also published a Handbook to accompany the Defender’s Protocol. This offers extensive guidance, exercises and templates to help defenders implement the 21 holistic security measures in the Protocol and adapt them to their situation, work, and profile.

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Resources for protest leaders and aid workers added to Holistic Security Toolkit

We have added protest leaders and aid workers to the list of communities covered by our Holistic Security Toolkit. The Toolkit is a curated library of essential resources for specific communities of at-risk civic actors. The third-party resources can be filtered by one or more of the following variables: Language (English, Spanish), Community (Women human rights defenders, LGBT+ activists, Environmental defenders, Freelance journalists, Protest leaders, Aid workers) or Domain (Safety and security, Digital security, Wellbeing and resilience).

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