Protecting civic space.
Defending civil society.

Open Briefing is the only non-profit providing holistic security and duty of care support to at-risk civil society organisations and activists in repressive and violent environments.

Our international team provides high-impact mentoring, capacity-building and technical assistance across safety and security, digital security and wellbeing and resilience.

We specialise in supporting high-risk, low-capacity organisations around the world. We also work extensively with the senior management teams and boards of international funders and NGOs.

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“Without hesitation I recommend Open Briefing. The way they take time to understand your organisation, adapt to your needs, and provide insight and tailored guidance has been unfailingly impressive.”

Nick Martlew, UK Director, Crisis Action

“Open Briefing has been an essential service to me and my organisation. I am grateful that they exist; they permit me to make well-thought-out decisions on how to oversee my organisation’s duty of care.”

Jessi Ginther, Director of Operations, Center for Civilians in Conflict

“From identifying critical gaps to implementing practical policies, Open Briefing should be your first call to assess and strengthen your security profile.”

Brad Brooks-Rubin, Managing Director, The Sentry

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Open Briefing is a certified social enterprise and a member of
the International NGO Safety and Security Association and CIVICUS

Civic space and civil society are both under threat; Open Briefing is a vital part of the response. Since 2011, we have been building a more resilient civil society that can empower marginalised communities, defend human rights, and hold governments and corporations to account.

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US drone strikes in Pakistan: Ineffective and illegitimate

24 October 2013

In this article co-published with SustainableSecurity.org, Shazad Ali and Chris Abbott argue that lack of transparency, dubious effectiveness, civilian casualties and negative consequences for US national security means that Washington needs to re-evaluate its drone strikes programme in Pakistan. Read more