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What We Do

Building a Better World

through open intelligence and empowerment

The SecDev Foundation is a Canadian think-do tank that works at the cross-roads of security and development – because you can’t have one without the other.

We work with local stakeholders in countries and regions affected by conflict, insecurity and fragility in the Middle East, Latin America, Eurasia, Africa and Asia. We use evidence-based research to extend and empower local knowledge and resilience. Our banner image arose from a partner’s, Dawlaty Syria, video project.

Our aim is to build a better world through open intelligence and empowerment.

Our work has been supported by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Freedom House, The Open Societies Foundation, the Global Peace and Security Fund (DFATD), and the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies. We have partnerships and projects in Latin America, the Middle East, the CIS, Sub-Saharan Africa, South East Asia, Western Europe and the United States.


Our Mission

is to enhance safety and opportunity for the world’s most vulnerable using new technology to promote positive change.



We use technology and open intelligence to anticipate events in the world’s hotspots.  


We apply proven analytical methods to data and events in the development of actionable intelligence.


We offer technological solutions to communities at risk to enhance safety and increase opportunity. 


We constantly assess our own efforts as well as those of others to help the vulnerable as much as we can.

People We've Connected

22.5 Million
Secure User Sessions Supported
5624 People Helped
Digital Emergency Responses

How we help

Open Empowerment

Digital natives are changing the world. The Open Empowerment Initiative combines advanced analytics with field-based case studies to explore… Read More

Violence Prevention and Reduction

The global cost of armed violence is staggering. Cyberspace offers genuine opportunities to enhance community security and resilience… Read More

Advanced Analytics

Within a decade, every living person on this planet will be connected to cyberspace. Advanced analytics offers unprecedented opportunity… Read More

Digital Safety and the Right to Communicate

Across the globe, state capacities to surveil and censor cyberspace are growing. Those on the “frontline” in the battle for internet freedom are… Read More 

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