About us

openDemocracy is an independent international media platform. We produce high-quality journalism which challenges power, inspires change and builds leadership among groups underrepresented in the media. Headquartered in London, we have team members across four continents.

We are a mission-focused organisation, which means we always think about the impact our journalism can have. Our investigative journalism has triggered legal changes, parliamentary probes, lawsuits and criminal investigations and we also offer a rich diversity of stories and perspectives from across the world. We help voices otherwise excluded from the media to reach larger audiences, and we campaign on key stories, pushing for a more open, democratic and egalitarian world.

Our stories frequently get picked up across the global media, including The New York Times, CNN, France 24, El País, National Geographic, Sky News, ITV News, Newsnight, BBC Radio 4’s Today, The World This Weekend and File on Four, Daily Mail, Daily Express, Daily Mirror, Financial Times, The Times, Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Observer, The Independent, Channel 4 News, LBC and Private Eye in 2021 alone.

openDemocracy.net attracts more than 11 million visits per year, and we provide a vital space for analysis, comment, and debate on issues ranging from democracy, gender and human rights to economics and climate change. We have projects publishing in Russian, Spanish and Portuguese as well as English. In the past two years, we’ve been nominated for and won a number of prestigious journalism prizes, from the Gabo Award to the Paul Foot and British Journalism Awards.

You can read our annual report for 2020 here and our strategic plan for 2020-22 here.

Our funding

We depend on support from those who appreciate the importance of our work, both individuals and organisations. Please consider supporting us to help openDemocracy survive and grow.

Inclusivity information

In 2021, openDemocracy had 61 team members, including three ‘fellows’ – early- or mid-career journalists joining us for six months to develop their skills and careers

  • 54% of our team were women, 44% were men and one was gender non-conforming
  • 75% were white
  • They lived in Armenia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Georgia, Germany, Italy, Kenya, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Uganda, the UK, the US and Uruguay

The senior management team had nine members in 2021

  • Five were women, four were men
  • 77% were white

We hired 14 people in 2021, including the ‘fellows’

  • 79% were women, 21% were men
  • 64% were white

The openDemocracy board had 11 members in 2021 (including some staff members already covered above)

  • Four were women, seven were men
  • 81% were white

We are committed to continuous learning and transparency about our peformance on diversity, equity and inclusion.

Financial highlights

In 2021 we received £2.96m in income

Revenue in 2021

And we spent £2.85m

Expenditure in 2021

We publish a list of every major donor that funds us each year on our website.

Legal

openDemocracy.net is published by openDemocracy Limited, a UK-registered company (#3855274) wholly owned by the non-profit openDemocracy Foundation for the Advancement of Global Education (company limited by guarantee #04807614).

Executive

openDemocracy's first editor-in-chief was its co-founder Anthony Barnett (2001-07). He was succeeded by Tony Curzon Price (2007-12), Magnus Nome (2012-14) and Mary Fitzgerald (2014-21). Peter Geoghegan is the incumbent.

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